Bonnie View might allow dogs

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 11:07 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Most, but not all, of the Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary could be dog free.

The Parks and Recreation Commission moved to recommend the City Council accept Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley’s compromise for the sanctuary’s dog issue at its meeting Thursday night.

Dudley’s recommendation, proposed at the March 21 council meeting, would allow dogs on the area of the sanctuary that is north of Rollins Road. Dogs would be allowed only on-leash on the paved path along the eastern side of the sanctuary.

Bill Pauls, the Second Ward's representative on the Parks Commission, said “Dudley came up with the best option. I am adamant that, if people follow the rules, we have the best of both worlds. ”

Marin Blevins, commission chair and Fourth Ward representative, said he agreed.

The commission, which also addressed the routing of Scott’s Branch Trail at the meeting, decided that if the trail goes the alternate route — passing through the Columbia Audubon Society's property — dogs would not be allowed any farther west than where the trail meets the Weaver Road stub. This would keep dogs from entering the society's property, where they are prohibited.

“We do support the compromise by Dudley to allow dogs on Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary north of Rollins Road and on the paved trail,” said Bill Nees, a member of the Columbia Audubon Society.

The Parks Commission will present its recommendation at the May 16 council meeting.

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