UPDATE: CBC did a story about the dog park situation on October 2. Diane Deans was interviewed:
Coun. Diane Deans said her office received a lot of complaints when the city took over management of the park.
"They didn't actually get any extra money in the parks and rec budget, in fairness to [them], and no one gave them an instruction manual on what level of service that the NCC maintained at that park," Deans said.
"So it's been a little bit of a learning curve for them and I was receiving a lot of complaints."
She said a second large bin will be installed elsewhere in the park in about two to three weeks.
Other park maintenance, including tree trimming and weed management, has also been improved, she said.***
Unfortunately, things are changing in our beloved park and not for the better.
I suppose the change was made so that The Giant Head only had to be emptied once a millennium by some company owned by Rod Bryden. I cannot see how it could be emptied at all given the size of it. Perhaps the city has hired a poo crew to get inside and clean The Giant Head. Perhaps some chemical or other is added and the poo is incinerated.
For whatever reason, The Giant Head must have cost a frickin' fortune, much more than the salary of the poor contractor with a pickup truck.
In any case, the move has caused much inconvenience for dog walkers who had been grateful because having the second bin meant that they didn't have to walk five kilometres with smelly bags of dog feces.
The lack of a second bin has also resulted in a silent epidemic caused by dog walkers who are now hanging colorful bags of poo in the trees as if they were piñatas.
I am not alone in my objection to the new park maintenance plan.
|Rose's dog Finnigan has been a regular at |
Conroy Pit since he was four months old.
Anyway, Ottawa City Council must have heard them crying foul because just last week, a city crew was dispatched to clean up the park.
There were three of them. One girl with one of those sticks and two guys who were just walking along enjoying the sunshine and collecting their fifteen bucks an hour for doing absolutely nothing. I watched this genius trio for a while, noticed that one of the dudes had a pretty good buzz on. He walked straight forward, eyes shaded like some kind of rock star. I'm sure if he walked in piles of steamy feces, he wouldn't have noticed.
In fact, not one single one of them noticed the balloons of feces hanging in the trees!
By my figuring, that sojourn in the park probably cost taxpayers a hundred bucks for the non-work, plus gas. The guy with the pickup truck who the city fired probably would have come and emptied two bins for fifty bucks.
This is so typical of city crews.
Do you ever notice that it takes three of them to plant one tree? One to drive the truck. One to dig the hole. One to put the tree in. Plus one supervisor to make sure the tree was planted correctly.
Please Diane Deans give us back our bin. Hire back the poor guy with the truck who used to clean the park. Put the city crew back to work greening the capital one tree at a time.
Do this, and we'll vote for you in the next election.