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Park closure limits dogs’ leash

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piumini moncler saldi The 25 acre peninsula will be closed more than a year while the rest of the 470 acre park abutting Lake Roland will remain open, said Robert Greene, a piumini moncler outlet spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, which owns the area as part of its reservoir system. piumini moncler saldi

piumini moncler outlet The project, scheduled piumini moncler to begin last month, was delayed after the city received a smattering of calls from angry dog owners and park users. piumini moncler outlet

piumini moncler uomo Susan Lowe brings her border collie from Patterson Park in East Baltimore to run freely at Robert moncler outlet trebaseleghe E. Lee. “People won’t have any place to take their dogs anymore,” she said. piumini moncler uomo

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But some dog owners insist that the dog droppings aren’t the problem they say erosion is a bigger concern.

moncler outlet online shop “Ninety percent of the people here make an effort to clean up after their dogs,” said Ed Smearman of Northeast Baltimore, who comes to Robert E. Lee once or twice moncler outlet a week to walk his dogs. moncler outlet online shop

Even without soil remediation, reconstruction of the pedestrian bridge requires that the small section of the park be closed, said Kim Flowers, director of the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. The bridge project will cost the city about $1.2 million, she added.

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outlet moncler Baltimore County has also participated in the project’s development and has provided $400,000 to help renovate the bridge, said Jean Tansey, chief of the capital planning and development department of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. outlet moncler

moncler donna Public meetings will be held this month times and places to be determined to allow the community to discuss the temporary closing. moncler donna

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City officials say they have received complaints from both sides, including area residents who find the unleashed dogs a nuisance. According to city law, dogs must moncler outlet online uomo be on a leash.

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While there are standards that regulate how many fecal coliform make water unsafe, soil has no such standards, Beilenson said.

“But there is no question that there has been fouling of the soil,” piumini moncler saldi Beilenson said. “So remediation of the top soil does make sense.”

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moncler bambino outlet “We’re talking about bringing people back to the city and then we don’t have any green space to go take our dogs,” said Tanya Ladigin moncler saldi of Towson, as her Dalmatian, Nikita, scampered up a muddy hillside moncler bambino outlet.

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