Saying an ongoing problem has gotten especially bad lately, parks officials are calling for public input to address how to get those who walk dogs at Irwin and Waveny Parks to pick up after their pets.
Sally Campbell, chairman of the Parks & Recreation Commission, said she’s received multiple complaints from residents and will put the matter at the volunteer group’s Feb. 14 meeting.
“This year has been really bad,” Campbell told NewCanaanite.com.
“What I would like to do is say, ‘What are the solutions?’ and talk about maybe just having dogs in one park or walking where they’re visible so people feel they have to pick up after them.”
Those with dogs at Waveny and Irwin either do not pick up after their dogs at all, or else pick up the waste and then discard the full bags off-trail or piled on a rock or something similar, Campbell said, which “is more unsightly.”
In the past, it’s been suggested that the town install more garbage receptacles deeper into trails where people are walking, so that they can dispose of the dog waste. However, Campbell said, “what happens is that you walk down and all the sudden there is a trash can full of people’s trash.”
“People, they won’t bring their trash to the dump or pay to have it picked up. They will go around and put it in bins and this is what will happen if we put bins out at other locations.”
Parks & Rec will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the Douglass Room at Lapham Community Center.