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People vs. Pets? Plans For City Dog Parks Draw Growls From Some Owners

Katy Reckdahl

If you own a dog in New Orleans, there are two places where your dog can legally run around off-leash: your yard and City Bark, the private dog park in City Park.

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission wants to change that. NORD-C has selected two off-leash dog-runs for each district, but with city money tight there’s no telling when they’ll be built.

Meanwhile, unofficial dog parks, like Markey Park in Bywater and Cabrini in the French Quarter, are being redesigned as spaces for people, not dogs. Eve Abrams reports that at neighborhood meetings and on social media, the fur is flying.

Read Katy Reckdahl's companion article in The Lens.

Eve Abrams first fell in love with stories listening to her grandmother tell them; it’s been an addiction ever since.