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'Unsightly and unsanitary conditions' Carver County threatens to shut down dog park

Signs posted around the park urge park goers to heed the county's stern warning.

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — "That’s one frozen to the ground, someone bagged it and then left it," said Rodd Wagner as he shoveled dog poop from under a picnic table Thursday. 

The Carver County Parks and Recreation Department is threatening a shutdown of the off-leash dog park at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park, as a result of park goers not picking up after their dogs.  

In a Facebook post, the county says the current conditions of the park are unsightly and unsanitary for use and unless the place is cleaned up by 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, the park will be closed down.  

"I don’t know if the fact that they dropped the entrance fee has anything to do with the increased traffic," said Wagner. 

Signs posted around the park urge park goers to heed the county's stern warning. 

"I was really surprised when I saw the sign," said Beth Heaton, who regularly brings her two golden doodles to the park. 

Several people took it upon themselves Thursday to scoop up trash bags full of dog waste before Monday's deadline. 

"This suggests to me that people are just being negligent they’re just not caring," said Wagner. 

Carver County does have an ordinance in place which requires pet owners to clean up after their dogs. The county has scheduled a clean up event for February 8th and 9th from 8:30 am to 10:30 am and are asking for volunteers to come out and bring tools to get the place cleaned. 

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