BY: ARIEL WULFF
The city of Cleveland Heights overturned a forty year ban on dogs in city parks on February 19. They are beginning by allowing dogs in Cain Park as part of a six month pilot program. At the end of six months, they will evaluate whether to overturn the ban in all of the city’s parks. The City Council vote was unanimous.
Last year a grassroots group came together in Cleveland Heights with the goal of getting the ban on dogs in city parks reversed. The Cleveland Heights Dog Project is an offshoot of the Cain Park Neighborhood Association, which was formed in 2011 to address crime in the neighborhoods bordering Cain Park. The group’s long term goal is to someday make all of the city’s six parks open to canines.