Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Seasonal dog off-leash program ends in Ann Morrison Park and Optimist Youth Sports Complex

A successful dog off-leash program created to minimize the impact of wintering geese in Ann Morrison Park and Optimist Youth Sports Complex ends Tuesday, February 28, concurring with the start of practice season for local soccer teams.

The 5th annual seasonal off-leash program, which started Nov. 1, is in place to help prevent long-term damage and address public health and safety concerns caused by hundreds of geese.

Coinciding with the end of the off-leash period, Boise Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a clean-up effort to pick up dog waste in local parks and on Ridge to Rivers trails. The clean-up will be held on March 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers interested in participating may contact Jerry Pugh, (208-608-7617, jpugh@cityofboise.org). Groups can also sign up online at http://bit.ly/2k8lnxc. Locations will be assigned to volunteers on a first come, first serve basis.

Boise Parks & Recreation operates five designated dog parks and an additional seven multi-use parks with year-round off-leash hours. To learn more about dog-friendly areas in the city, see the off-leash areas website

In addition, all areas of Esther Simplot Park are available for off-leash use from November 1 to March 31, sunrise to sunset, with the exception of the Greenbelt, parking lots and roadways, and playground. 

Contact: Jerry Pugh, Community Programs Coordinator, (208) 608-7617, jpugh@cityofboise.org