If you go
What: Louisville City Council
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: 749 Main St.
More info: louisvilleco.gov
Concerns over environmental damage and regulation violations spurred Louisville officials to abruptly shutter the city's Davidson Mesa dog park earlier this month, prompting resident outrage.
A day after the backlash, spread initially from a resident's Facebook post, officials reopened the popular spot, which sits west of McCaslin Boulevard near South Boulder Road overlooking the foothills. City Council will convene next week to discuss the future of the park.
The 264-acre Davidson Mesa parcel has been in place for more than 10 years, and officials say its popularity among residents may be its biggest complication.
"It's just being loved to death," Louisville Parks and Recreation Director Joe Stevens said on Wednesday, echoing a similar issue that Erie officials have witnessed in recent years.
The designated area for dogs at Davidson Mesa is at the northern-most point of the open space. The off-leash area is gated and stretches for two-tenths of a mile. The rest of the mesa is filled with trails and is surrounded by knee-high foliage.
"Between 2000 and 2002," minutes from an open space advisory board meeting earlier this month read, "a 4.5-acre parcel of Davidson Mesa Open Space was set aside as an dog off-leash area to create a fenced area for dog off leash activity. Since its inception the area has been very popular with Louisville and surrounding community dog owners. The heavy traffic of humans and dogs has significantly negatively impacted the health of this open space property."
Among some of the concerns voiced by the city's Open Space Advisory Board earlier this month illustrated an area suffering from erosion, weed infestation, compacted earth, muddy and dusty conditions, fecal pollution and noise issues for surrounding residents, among others, according to city records.
"We never shut (the park) down permanently," Stevens said. "There are no plans now or in the near term to close the facility. What we really want to do is get this before council so that they can give us direction on what to do."
According to a staff report for Tuesday's discussion, possible options for the site's maintenance will focus on communication: including increasing signage around the site, providing online notifications, and fostering a dialogue through a community newsletter, among others.