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Continued: Dog fight: Coon Rapids closes dog park that divided neighborhood

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 27, 2013 - 1:54 PM

“This is our fault. We didn’t anticipate the popularity of it,” said Howe, who vowed to make sure the new dog park was improved to better serve users.

“The dog park you love isn’t the piece of property; it’s the people,” said Council Member Steve Wells.

As the retired police chief, he said he knew firsthand about the police calls to the parks for fighting and intimidation.

“Would I want this next to my house? Absolutely not,” Wells said.

Council Member Denise Klint implored the neighbors to rebuild relations and not let hard feelings linger.

“We have to move on, and we can’t hold this against each other,” she said. “We have to make the neighborhood a great neighborhood.”

 

Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804

 

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