Dogs run free here and there

2017-10-31 06:00

Local councillors have supported a request for dogs to be allowed to run without leashes on designated areas in Constantia.

Ten greenbelts have been identified for dogs to run free after a meeting of subcouncil 20 on Wednesday 18 October.

A summary of comments from the public, the criteria to determine where dogs may run free and the recommendation for each location meeting the City of Cape Town’s parks department’s criteria are included in a report that was on the meeting agenda.

Ward 62 councillor Liz Brunette says the City’s Animal Bylaw specifies that dogs may only be without leashes “in an area designated by the council as a free running area”.

The Public Parks Bylaw requires signs to indicate where dogs must be on a leash, where dogs may run free and where dogs are prohibited.

In May last year, Brunette requested a review of the greenbelts, parks and public open spaces where dogs will be allowed to run free, and in March this year, the subcouncil conducted an extensive public participation process for specific locations in ward 62 where dogs may be allowed without leashes.

“Using criteria developed by the City’s recreation and parks department, a workshop was held to consider all the comments received from members of the public and specify the reasons for dogs to be on a leash, off a leash or prohibited in each of the identified twenty locations,” says Brunette.

The City’s parks department will erect appropriate signs in parks, public open spaces and greenbelts in ward 62 to enforce the ­recommendations.

The greenbelts where dogs may run free are Bel Ombre meadow (except in the nesting owl season and in the area of the cycle trail), Boschenheuval Arboretum and the Diep River (except in the area between Bel Ombre Avenue and Southern Cross Drive which is a high-use area for cyclists), Grootboskloof, Keysers River, Pagasvlei, Sillery, Silverhurst, Spaanschemat and Wolwekloof trails.

Dogs must be on leashes at the Alphen Common, Alphen trail, Constantia Cemetery, De Hel heritage and biodiversity site, Doordrift trail, Klaasenbosch trail, Liesbeek River trail and Upper Liesbeek River Garden, Maynardville Park, Wynberg Park and all community parks.

Reasons include conflict with other users including the vulnerable and damage caused by dogs to the natural environment in heavily used areas.

Dogs are not allowed in the fenced area of the Parish Park because of conflict with other users, particularly children using the play equipment.

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