Dog lovers and their pets are expected to march on Government Plaza's steps, come Monday, July 9th, at what they call a Pup Rally. Shreveporter Lisa Wilson says she'll be there.
"Well, I think it's important for city government to know what the community supports," Wilson said.
Wilson supports the city's planned dog park, which would be located at Hamel Memorial Park in Shreveport. She's even signed a petition to prove it at Saturday's Pup Rally Preview. Shreveport Dog Park Alliance leaders have organized the rally. They're using the preview to prepare and get more signatures.
"To tell the mayor just how many of us do want this dog park," Alliance Director Cynthia Keith said. She says the rally will take place during the City Council Planning Session with plans to greet city leaders as they leave the building.
"Maybe start some conversations one on one on how we can put this dog park on the fast track," Keith said.
Keith says the alliance feels the dog park is a quality of life issue that Mayor Cedric Glover should allow it to be resolved. She says the rally will show the community's support for the park.
"We want to let the mayor hear you, and we want to let the city council reaffirm their desire for a dog park too, as they voted," Keith said.
So far, Keith says 100 people have committed to the rally on Facebook. Mayor Cedric Glover's refusal to accept more than $200,000 for the park hasn't changed. Talks between the Alliance and mayor are at a standstill. The Red River Waterway Commission approved the money for use by the dog park alliance weeks ago. Mayor Cedric Glover has blocked the alliance from spending the money due to his belief that the city has larger issues it needs to sort first.