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Stone Mountain Mayor: Dog Park Issue Needs to Be 'Put to Bed'

Controversial dog park will be discussed during the Stone Mountain city council's retreat Saturday.

City of Stone Mountain mayor Pat Wheeler asked city council members to come to their retreat this Saturday with "lots of ideas" on what to do about the controversial Red Dog Park.

During the council's work session Tuesday, Wheeler talked about agenda items for the retreat -- which is open to the public but will not include a public comment or question period -- and the dog park was at the top of the list.

"We need very much to put this to bed," Wheeler said. "We've been dragging this along since back in the fall."

This past December, the city council voted to close the dog park at Third and Poole Streets until further notice.

Residents who oppose the dog park say there were a number of ongoing issues including noise, parking on private property and people entering the park with their pets during off hours.

Those in favor of the park say it helped create friendships, brought people to Stone Mountain Village, and that problems could be alleviated if the new hours are posted as required by law and the gate locked during off hours, among other suggestions.

City council member Steve Higgins recently discussed possibly relocating the dog park, which sits on land owned by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association (SMMA), to an area just off a trail inside Stone Mountain Park, but an SMMA official said that idea wouldn't work due to the number of trees that would need to be cut down.

The city council's retreat begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Municipal Building, 875 Main Street. Members will also discuss a proposed cell phone tower, golf carts, bike paths and more.

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