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Boise extends dog off-leash season until April 30th

Posted at 4:17 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 18:17:17-04

BOISE, Idaho — Because spring leagues have been postponed or cancelled due to coronavirus (COVD-19) concerns, Boise Parks and Recreation officials say they are reinstating the seasonal dog off-leash program, effective immediately, at Ann Morrison Park and the Optimist Youth Sports Complex.

The program will run through the end of April.

“During a time of uncertainty and stress, we are glad to be able to offer another opportunity for people and their pets to get outside and reap the benefits of fresh air and exercise,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “We hope it provides a much-needed positive outlet for citizens.”

All areas of the two parks are available for off-leash dog use from sunrise to sunset, except for Boise River Greenbelt paths, parking lots, roads and playgrounds. Owners are reminded to please pick up after their pets.

In addition, visitors are asked to follow recommended hand hygiene and social distancing techniques when using city parks and open spaces.

The Together Treasure Valley Dog Island in Ann Morrison Park is also open. Parks and Recreation is encouraging dog owners, if possible, to spread out in Ann Morrison Park to give the turf at Dog Island a chance to recover following a wet winter.