[Editor’s note: We dog people are always jawing about what a welcome contribution dogs, their people and dog parks make to a community. We’re preaching to the choir, so it’s nice to see a shout-out in disinterested quarters—in this case, Richard Layman’s blog on urban communities.]
Dog walkers contribute positive activity not just to streets and sidewalks but to parks. It’s very easy for a park to devolve into a dangerous place. One technique for people committed to disorder to keep people (especially families and children generally) out of parks is to break a lot of bottles—broken glass keeps a park free of children, making it easier to conduct illicit business and activities.
Dog walkers help rebuild neighborhood groups committed to providing support and focus to neighborhood parks—parks that often are willfully or passively neglected by municipal governments overwhelmed by a variety of responsibilities, and lacking the resources to be able to provide regular maintenance and assistance and supervision.