Mayor and City Council to Discuss Dog Park

The Mayor and City Council plan to discuss the proposed Kentlands/Lakelands dog park at the March 4 meeting. According
to Britta Monaco, the city’s public information director, the dog park discussion “is anticipated … during the ‘Staff Guidance’ portion of the agenda.” The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The dog park is proposed for a 4.7-acre site that includes a 50-space parking lot adjacent to Lakelands Park. The land is owned by Montgomery County but was recently leased by the City of Gaithersburg. The city plans to use the site for recreational purposes, including volleyball courts, trails and a play area; a dog park was not part of the city’s original plans.

Residents of Kentlands, Lakelands and 41 other communities were invited to share their thoughts on the proposed dog park via an online survey in fall 2018. Of the more than 700 respondents, 74.86 percent (dog owners and non-dog owners) favored adding a dog park to the site. The Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) sent the survey report to the City of Gaithersburg on Dec. 18, 2018.

At a meeting on Feb. 12, the Lakelands Community Association Board decided to not join the KCA in its support of the dog park. Concerns about increased traffic and the survey sample were cited.

Copies of the full survey report can be requested by emailing dogpark2019@gmail.com.

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