ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Some people in an Albuquerque neighborhood think a dog park could help fight crime. The idea is to add a dog park at Morningside Park in Nob Hill.
“I thought it would be a great idea,” said Erin Gibson.
The idea first popped up on the neighborhood site Nextdoor. Neighbors were asked if they thought a dog park could help weed out the drug users and unwanted campers at the park.
One neighbor wrote, “I think making a dog park would attract more of the neighbors and might help get rid of drug dealing people.”
Another wrote, “I’d rather step foot in dog poop than a dirty syringe.”
Still, some people on Nextdoor believe a dog park would not solve any problems there. One person wrote, “My dog nearly stepped on a syringe at that park, we don’t go there anymore.”
KRQE News 13 asked the city what they thought. They said a dog park there is unfortunately not the best option.
Parks and Recreation requires one acre for dog parks in the city and Morningside is only an acre and a half.
“If we put in a one acre dog park, that takes away a lot of the other space we have for other park activities that will occur there,” said Keith Reed, Deputy Director for Parks and Recreation.
Reed also said the park is close to homes and dogs barking could disturb neighbors.
Reed said Morningside does host the Nob Hill Growers Market that brings more people to the park. It kicks off in May.
A dog park at Morningside is only an idea from a neighbor looking for suggestions. It has not officially been taken to the city yet.
Reed said they always welcome any ideas neighbors might have for a park. They suggest contacting their neighborhood association.
KRQE News 13 also spoke to Albuquerque Police. They encourage everyone to call them if they see problems at Morningside or any other park.