The Kalamazoo (Mich.) City Commission voted to enact the ban, which prohibits dogs from the city-owned property to “eliminate the opportunity for dog waste on the course and possible interaction with golfers.” Owners can be fined $100 plus court costs for violating the ordinance.
The Kalamazoo (Mich.) City Commission voted on February 17 to approve a proposal to ban dogs from city-owned Milham Park Golf Course, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported.
The ordinance amendment prohibits dogs on the golf course, which is popular for cross-country skiers in the winter and golfers in the summer. Dogs still are allowed to be in Milham Park, the Gazette reported.
Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the ban. The item did not receive any public comment, the Gazette reported.
Vice Mayor David Anderson said cross country skiers who groom the trail have gotten in touch with commissioners and thanked them, saying that loose dogs who relieve themselves on the trail cause the snow to melt and messes up the trail in that area, the Gazette reported.
“I’m happy we can contribute to that in some small way,” Anderson said of the ban.
Sean Fletcher, director of the city’s parks and recreation department, told commissioners in a staff memo the ban would “eliminate the opportunity for dog waste on the course and possible interaction with golfers.”
Fletcher also wrote that the Nordic Ski Club has requested dogs be banned from accompanying skiers on the course because they “can negatively impact trail conditions,” and also because dog waste has become an issue for skiers, the Gazette reported.
Owners can be fined $100 plus court costs for violating the ordinance, and can pay a fine of $200 plus court costs for a subsequent violation within six months of a prior offense, the Gazette reported.