Did you know dog waste management is a major contributor to ensuring the city’s parks stay clean and green? Dog waste contains fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness to humans.
Dog feces are also high in nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients negatively affect our waters. Fish are affected due to additional nutrients concentrations in streams acting like fertilizers, making algae grow and reducing oxygen levels. Dog waste also has the unfortunate ability to create brown and yellow patches in the grass the Parks and Recreation Department works so hard to keep in tip-top shape for the Brighton community.
You can help keep parks clean and green by being a responsible pet owner. Be prepared. Carry bags with you to pick up pet waste. It’s a good idea to carry a few extra bags with you in case you meet someone in need. Collect your pet’s waste in a bag and deposit it in a trash can, or one of the city’s pet stations.
Additional pet stations have been added at the following city parks:
- Benedict Park, four stations
- Memorial Parkway, three stations
- Carmichael Park, three stations
- Brighton Park, two stations
- Fulton Ditch Trail, three stations
- Veterans Trailhead, one station
- Mattive Open Space, one station
- Peach Hollow, one station
- South outfall trail at Bromley, one station
- Youth Sports Complex, one station
The Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank the community for their help keeping the city’s parks clean.