NEW DOG POLICY APPROVED In response to residents’ requests, Pitkin County is changing the dog leash regulations along a portion of the river trail extending south from Wilton Jaffee Sr. Park.
The Open Space and Trails Board has recommended allowing dogs under voice and sight control along the first mile of the Jaffee River Trail and the Board of County Commissioners has concurred.
This change is expected to take affect after second reading on a necessary code change by commissioners on May 22.
Posted below is a staff memo to the Open Space and Trails Board on this topic, and a summary of survey results on the proposed change in regulations. The public survey was conducted from Jan. 14 through Feb. 15.
The trail segment under consideration parallels the Roaring Fork River for approximately 1 mile south from the start of the trail, just beyond the parking and boat ramp area at the park.
What does voice and sight control mean? Dogs may be walked off leash, but must remain within their guardian's eyesight and obey voice commands.
The existing multi-use river trail has included informal off-leash use for a number of years without conflicts. This area sees year-round recreational use and limited use by wildlife. Leashes would be required where the trail continues upstream prior to entering a wetland area with ecological values, which will remain protected.
If approval is given by both the Open Space and Trails Board and the Board of County Commissioners, dogs would be required to be under voice and sight control on the specified section of the Jaffee River Trail. Owners who do not have control of their dogs or fail to pick up after their pets would be subject to fines beginning at $100. If conflicts become common, regulations are not followed, or ecological damage begins to occur, the on-leash requirement would be reinstated.
For more information contact: Jessie Young, Environmental Planner, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-429-6169