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Dog Park Fight Continues

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The deadline has come and gone, without the Mayor's signature on an agreement to accept money from the Red River Waterway Commission. Instead, he's appealing the judge's ruling. Judge Leon Emanuel ruled in favor of the Dog Park just weeks ago but Friday, in a meeting with city council members, Mayor Glover presented his alternative idea for a location of the dog park. He sited things like the cost of maintenance and access to restrooms as concerns with the Hamel park location and suggested princess park... Where we are right now... As the best choice for a dog park for the city.

The debate grew heated over what's next for the dog park issue. Jeff Everson is a city council member who's concerned about Glover's unwillingness to push the dog park forward. "Had this been the basis of your initial argument, and you been willing to work with, we could have avoided a lot of legal costs, we could have avoided the public time that's been given on this issue." Mayor Glover countered, "I am a dog park advocate. I believe that progressive cities and progressive communities make these amenities available but they do so in a smart fashion."

Glover says it will cost $950,000 to sustain a dog park at Hamel Park. He says Princess Park is the more reasonable option the city can afford and will only cost $96,410.25. Glover offered, "People see me as the dog ogre, the dog hater and all those sorts of things which have been proffered but that's not the case. I have a record of making Shreveport a more progressive city."

Michael Corbin, City Council Chairman says he now wants to include the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance in a discussion with the Mayor so the two sides can come to some kind of agreement. Corbin said, "If to have the dog park on the riverfront is going to cost almost a million dollars then I think we need to look at other options as well."

Dog park attorneys say they are still supporting Judge Emanuel's original decision in favor of the dog park and they maintain not signing off on the dog park violates the city charter.

Glover's deadline to comply with Judge Emanuel's order has been moved to July 8th.

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