Doggy’s Day Out: Don’t forget the leashes and bags!

The Ameal Moore Nature Center loves our four legged friends!  Every day visitors make their way through the park by bike and foot, often accompanied by a furry friend.  Dogs make great additions to a family, and the center loves seeing them enjoying themselves with their adult companions.  However, the park is not a dog park, and certain rules must be followed while enjoying our beautiful outdoor space.  Please don’t forget two very important things on your next visit: leashes and bags!

To ensure the safety of all park users (both human and non), the nature center would like to remind everyone to make sure they follow leash laws.  All dogs are required to be on leashes for their safety and the safety of others as well.  The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park is a protected reserve that is home to many endangered species and species that may be harmful to domesticated pets (rattle snakes, coyotes, bobcats, and more).  To protect our animals as well as yours, it’s important to keep your furry friends on leash at all times while in the park.  Riverside Municipal Code Section 8.04.050 states:

“No person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any dog shall, either intentionally or unintentionally, cause, permit or allow the same to be or run at large upon any street or other public place, or upon any unenclosed lot or place in the City or upon the private property of another without permission of the person owning or in possession of such property unless such dog is restrained by a substantial chain or leash and is in control of a competent person; provided, however, the provisions of this section shall not apply to any official police dog while such animal is on duty.”  

To ensure that our park stays beautiful, please remember to clean up after your dogs.  All supplies required for clean up are the responsibility of the owner.  Riverside Municipal Code Section 9.08.050 states:

“Any person causing, permitting, or allowing any animal, bird, or reptile owned or possessed by him, or any animal, bird, or reptile in the custody of control of such person, to be present in any park pursuant to the provisions of Section 9.08.030 shall immediately pick up and properly dispose of the feces in a bag or other container, and its removal from the park and dispose in an appropriate depository.”

Please be courteous and kind to our park by following the law and keeping your dogs on leash and picking up after them.  The park is home to many and open to all, so let’s pledge to keep it clean and safe for everyone!

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