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The Chico Area Recreation and Park District approved a trial run to let dogs off leash in some city parks. They also also approved a proposed neighborhood park.

Posted: Nov 22, 2019 10:13 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Area Recreation and Park District approved a trial run to let dogs off leash in some city parks.

There are some rules: it's only 7:00 am through 9:00 am on Mondays through Fridays and you have to keep your dog on Hooker Oak Field or the Rex Murphy Field. 

The trial is also at Community park and Sycamore Field in Bidwell Park.

Action News Now spoke to one dog owner who says she doesn't necessarily agree with it, but that is only because her dog does not do well with other dogs running up to her. 

Deborah Genito lives in Chico, and says it's not a big deal though, she is glad she knows and just will not go to those parks.

"I just think it's important to know even though your dog might be well trained and totally appropriate off-leash, that other dogs have a problem with that sometimes, so to be aware of that aspect of it also," said Genito. 

Sean Colaco is a runner in Chico and says he doesn't mind dogs being off the leash, as long as they are trained.  

"It all depends on the dog owner and how well the dog is trained, so sometimes if the dog is not well trained they might chase after you a little, but if they are well trained it is no problem at all," said Colaco. 

It is a 90-day trial and CARD'S staff will keep an eye on how it goes and report back to the board.

Chico Area Recreation and Parks District also approved a proposed neighborhood park.

It's set for the vacant lot at Ceres Avenue and Whitewood Way. 

People who live nearby recently voted against an assessment to fund Ceres Park.

Now, the Chico Rotary Club will pitch in to help with development. 

The Rotary Club asked CARD to dub the space "Rotary Centennial Park" and keep the plan under 74,000 dollars. 

This park will be dog-friendly. 

CARD also approved a traffic study to look at the impacts of adding a second entrance to the East 20th Street Community Park. 

Parents of youth soccer players and the Chico Builder's Association Volunteered months ago to build a road from Ohio Street into the North Section of Community Park to help relieve traffic in the park and in the nearby Chapman Mulberry neighborhood. 

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