Helping the Disabled at the Dog Park - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Helping The Disabled At The Dog Park

SPOKANE, Wash. - For months the SpokAnimal dog park at High Bridge did not have any parking spots for pet owners with disabilities. This week after KHQ Local News looked into the issue, two new disability parking signs went up.

The signs are placed at the front gate of the park, located at West Riverside and South A Street. We found the city had received dozens of complaints about the parking, including the fact that they had no accommodations for the disabled. The lot is very rural and unpaved in parts, with no lines for parking spots so on nice, warm days when many people were taking their dogs to run around, people said parking was very hard to come by. And that put an extra strain on drivers with disabilities, viewers said.

On our Facebook page, Lindsey echoed this point when she wrote, "The parking at the dog park is so ridiculous they have all the parking blocked off. On a nice day it isn't even worth going because you will have to park two blocks away and walk in. My hubby and I curse it almost daily."

So far, most people seem to be very pleased with the change.

Plus, since the dog park is so popular, reps for the city said they're still planning on making more long-term changes including one that also happened this week. Thanks to a donation, the city was able to fill in a big muddy puddle in the big dog park area where pet owners had previously complained that their dogs were getting sick.

There's a wish list of other changes the city, and dog park visitors, would like to see. You can find the city's wish list and make a donation to help that happen at the Spokane Parks Foundation's website http://www.spokaneparksfoundation.org/.

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