Saturday, July 2, 2011

vandalism unleashed

 Park entrance signed "dogs must be kept on a leash."
 The battle for leashed-or leash-free status at Warren Park in Dundas has officially ended with, we think, a reasonable restriction on free-roaming dogs, given the lack of fencing, proximity to walking trails and environmentally sensitive areas.
The Law
 It seems someone who disagrees with the restriction has taken to vandalism to promote their view, with spray paint on a camp building in the park, advocating for unleashed dogs.
 They've even gone to great heights to obscure the trail signage placed the the Conservation Authority repeating the message.


 Apparently nothing is sacred to the spray can, this dying tree now carrying the message previously reserved for man-made infrastructure.
I'm all for political protest, but defacing nature and going against the wishes of the majority of park users who prefer their kids, their pets, and themselves be protected against unleashed dogs comes off as selfish.

I think Hamilton needs more leash-free parks, but fenced in to protect against unwanted encounters of the threatening, biting kind. Hill Street park off Dundurn Street South seems to be working fine, and will hopefully serve as a model for more parks in neighbourhoods in Hamilton.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much randy for your comments and pictures. We have noted these in past and forwarded the 'graffiti' to HCA etc. Hidden cameras have been discussed and charges need to be laid in order to stop this childish, selfish crime.

Anonymous said...

I rode my mini bike through this camp area for 6 years, unabided. I went to Warren Park Day Camp in the early 80's, kissed my first girl there, fell through the ice on the pond, smoked doobies at the pavillion when I was 17, terorised kids on overnights as a teenager as I was terorised as a child. Sparked grass fires, fished, ran around.....
Shame on you shit balls to have fucked it for every kid after me, US....!
Sad for your children.
Sad for u.