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FIDOS Meeting

Dear FIDOS -
It’s been pretty quiet in the doggie world but there are lots of things in the works – good and bad – that we need to get working on.  We have some great opportunities coming up and some really, really bad things that could happen if we don’t gear back up.
Mayor Becker is not content with the extreme restrictions that are already in place in Parleys (Tanner) and is working on more fences, fees, etc. that will affect everyone who likes to use the area. He has also proposed some pretty extreme policy recommendations that would impact everything “dog” in Salt Lake City.  The City Council has taken note and included FIDOS in working on a counter proposal that we are hopeful will address the actual concern, which we all know is a lack of adequate, comfortable space for our user group, both those who love neighborhood spaces where they can get their dogs some exercise while they spend time with friends and those who like to get exercise along with their dogs and prefer a shady trail.
There are things happening in the County as well.  For the first time ever, the parks department has mentioned in their plans that they will consider off leash space other than Millcreek Canyon.
On top of that, there are events to be planned and education/clean up efforts that need to take place.
We haven’t had a meeting for way too long.  Please join other dog-lovers next Monday, August 4th, at 7:00 PM at the Millcreek Community Center (2266 Evergreen Avenue) in the library meeting room at the west end of the building.
We need to get re-invigorated!!  If you care about access to open space to use with your dogs off-leash join us and lend a hand.  We need your help!!!
“Bark Now or Forever Hold Your Leash!!”
Your Friends at Millcreek FIDOS


Important Notice if you Walk in Parleys/Tanner

Attention all FIDOS,
I hope you have seen the notices posted in Parleys (aka Tanner or simply the “Gully”) announcing an open house to be held:
April 24th,
from 6 – 8 PM
at the Sugarhouse Park Garden Center (1602 E 2100 S). 
The notice asks for public input concerning:
Future development elements planned for the gully
It mentions the Parleys Management Plan and the Implementation Plan.
FIDOS Concerns:
Fencing that is planned for this summer all the way to the east end, closing off many more acres (and shady trails) from our use.  Dogs and their owners we will be pushed almost halfway up the big field
Dogs and their owners will lose what is referred to in the Management Plan as the “Creek Trail”.
Resulting in allowing us what amounts to only the use of one fenced trail that we can use to walk up and down.
There will be no loop trails, no open areas as promised in the Management Plan.
None of the implementation steps outlined in the Management Plan have been followed, the city has simply moved to the most punitive and expensive extreme.
They would like to know what we think about some other planned “elements”, please try to attend the meeting and let them know.

Cost to Dog Owners:
The Mayor’s office also is promoting a new off leash plan that would place additional restrictions on our user group along with fees to use the ever smaller spaces we have left to us without adding anything new.  The proposed fee for using off leash areas (including Parleys/Tanner) would be $5 for residents and $25 for non-residents.  There is no real explanation about how the money raised would be used but it would get us no more than we now have.

We need a Dog and Dog Owner Friendly person at the City to be our Liaison as a valid speaking organization for the City & County Dog Owners and their Dogs
This Administration continues to do everything in its power (and it has a lot of power) to diminish our user group and to take away space and add restrictions - attend the meeting and tell them that we do not want or need more “amenities”, we simply need open space that we can use to recreate with our furry friends.  We simply want to be treated in the same manner as other valid user groups.

There has not been any inclusion or outreach to FIDOS or other specific dog owner groups in the City or County.
Please share this message with everyone.
Your Friends at Millcreek FIDOS
“Bark Now or Forever Hold Your Leash!”

FIDOS Holiday Party

Dear FIDOS  -
Our annual party is coming up on Saturday, December 14th, at 7:00 PM at Holladay United Church of Christ (2631 East Murray-Holladay Rd).  Join us for the fun -
Enjoy a performance by the fabulous Mary Tebbs - - and lots of food, drink and fun!
Tickets are just $10 with a bottle of wine or munchie to share or $15 without.
There will be a silent auction to help raise funds for the cause.  Everything raised will be used to promote responsible dog ownership and to work towards creating and keeping “off leash” open space.  We donate funds to candidates who are favorable to us and for lobbying efforts.
If you have anything you would like to donate to the silent auction or if you know of someone who might be willing to, please contact Rita at 801-550-5474 or  All donors will be highlighted at the event and on FIDOS promotional materials.
Thanks so much!!!
Your Friends at FIDOS
“Bark Now or Forever Hold Your Leash!!”


Candidate Q&A Forum

District #1 - KEVIN PARKE

District #1 - JAMES ROGERS (no response)

District #3 - STAN PENFOLD

District #3 - SHERM CLOW


District #5 - BILL DAVIS


District #7 - KEVIN PAULSON


  1. Do you have a dog?
  2. Do you exercise with your dog off-leash?
  3. Do you consider us a viable user group that deserves open space to recreate with our animals off-leash?
  4. There are two types of dog parks- large open spaces where people can exercise with their dogs (Parley’s, Memory Grove), and small neighborhood fences areas where people tend to stand around while their dogs play with other dogs (Pioneer Park, Herm Franks). Do you understand the need for both types and when each is appropriate?
  5. According to the Trust for Public Lands (source: USA Today,, nationally during the last five years dog parks were developed at a rate of 34% as opposed to all other parks which stood at 3%. Salt Lake County government has added no off-leash space in that same period of time. Salt Lake County operates only one off-leash area, Millcreek Canyon, which admittedly is a great resource. However, in light of the fast growing needs of this user group, what do you promise to do to develop more space for off-leash use of both kinds (particularly large, recreational open space) that are well distributed throughout the county?
  6. There is a small but very vocal contingent of well connected people who oppose the use of open space for off-leash recreation. There is a much larger passive group who are forced to quietly break the law due to the lack of well distributed legal off-leash space (Even you might be part of this group!). Dog walkers are an easy target for criticism. Are you willing to stand up against a vocal minority to enhance the lives of such a large group of constituents?




  1. I had several dogs growing up, a St. Bernard named Oreo, a Daschund named Bullet and a Black Lab/Doberman mix named Tasha but we do not currently have a dog. My children, especially my daughters, have asked for a dog and done some dog sitting for a neighbor. We don’t feel that we are in a situation to take proper care of a dog at this time. We do not have a fenced yard and we are not home enough to give a dog the attention that they deserve. We also want to be sure that our children are old enough to take proper care of a dog.
  2. Although I do not currently have a dog, I do understand the importance of off-leash exercise.
  3. Yes, I do. The ability of concerned citizens that share a common interest to petition their government is at the very core of our system of government. I believe that you do deserve areas of open space to recreate with dogs off their leashes.
  4. Yes, there are areas, like Memory Grove, where there is ample room for dogs to run, play catch, even jump in the water for a swim. These areas are great for off leash areas because dogs can run and play and still leave adequate room for those hiking without an animal. The other important consideration is that areas have little or no automobile traffic so the risk of the dog being hit by a car or having another type of accident is minimized. The smaller fenced areas, like Pioneer Park, that are much more crowded and have a high volume of automobile traffic nearby still give dogs an opportunity to move freely (although in a much more limited space) and socialize and get exercise without the danger of running into traffic.
  5. I have family members and neighbors who receive a great deal of comfort and companionship from their dogs. Many of these people live in apartments and so they do not have large yards to allow their dogs to run. They need places to take their dogs so they can get exercise and have an opportunity to socialize. I do support both types of off leash dog parks. There are many groups and individuals all seeking different types of recreational facilities and activities. I promise to listen to F.I.D.O.S. and other interested groups to find solutions that are fair to all parties involved. There may be situation where compromise can be found as it was in Millcreek.As our population continues to grow and more people live in Condo’s and apartments there will be even more need for off leash areas within the city. I would be open to exploring certain off leash hours at existing parks (in the early morning for example) for off leash exercise.
  6. It is unfair that a few irresponsible dog owners (like the dog in my neighborhood that keep leaving surprises for me on my lawn) make the responsible dog owners a target for criticism. As I have said before as an elected official I will listen to all parties and give all parties equal consideration. Then try to find solutions that are equitable to all parties involved.




  1. I do- I have an 8 year old Border Collie mix rescue named Ollie.
  2. Yes.
  3. I do.
  4. I understand and appreciate the need for both types of parks
  5. I will work to maintain dog parks that we currently have and will also advocate for the development of more off-leash open spaces.
  6. Yes, I support open spaces for off-leash recreation and will support those who use them.




  1. No, but I keep Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter dog biscuits for my neighborhood friends and visiting pals.
  2. N/A
  3. Yes
  4. Yes, I experience them both during the day.
  5. I’m interested in a discussion about allowing off leash hours early in the morning before the parks are filled with other users (particularly kid’s sports).
  6. There is a small but very vocal contingent of well connected people who oppose the use of open space for off-leash recreation. There is a much larger passive group who are forced to quietly break the law due to the lack of well distributed legal off-leash space (Even you might be part of this group!). Dog walkers are an easy target for criticism. Are you willing to stand up against a vocal minority to enhance the lives of such a large group of constituents?As a City Councilman, I need to look at both sides of the argument. Off leash areas are hugely controversial in the Avenues (as probably other districts). I’m certainly open to discussion and creative ideas that expand off leash opportunities.




  1. I have two dogs, Midge and Sophie, who are sister pugs. They will be 12-years old this November. We adopted them at one-year old as a ?mandatory pair?. They?re my girls in a house full of boys.
  2. My girls are getting a bit old, but I try to exercise with them off-leash when they’re up to it! When they were younger we enjoyed walking the loop at Liberty Park most evenings. Now, their favorite exercise is rolling over to get a belly scratch.
  3. Absolutely. Dog-owners make up a great part of our population and convenient access to open space is important for both dog and owner. F.I.D.O.S.? emphasis on responsible dog ownership is the kind of grassroots messaging that will be effective in gaining more access to off leash and open-space recreation as opportunities for collaboration with municipalities come up.
  4. Both types of parks are important; people and their pets need options when it comes to recreation. Dogs who have a chance to get off leash, run and exert energy, generally cause fewer problems and neighborhood complaints. Neighborhood parks can allow convenient access from home, foster community, and be a good alternative to a nightly walk around the block. Large, open space for off-leash recreation areas are also important and serve somewhat a different purpose as they allow people and dogs to ?get away? from the congestion typically found in smaller parks, run or walk trails, and enjoy nature more than in the neighborhood parks.
  5. As a resident of Salt Lake County and a dog owner, I can be a supportive voice in developing off-leash space in the county. However, that will ultimately be up to Salt Lake County to decide.
  6. Part of the quality of life we enjoy here in Salt Lake City is access to recreation and open space. I don?t support breaking the law, but I do understand that we have a need?currently unmet in many areas?in access for both dogs and their owners to off-leash, open space. As a Salt Lake City Council member, I will listen to all sides who approach the conversation with civility and work to find solutions that meet the greatest needs in our community.




  1. Yes, we have a large German Shepard. Official name is Beauregard but unofficially he goes by Bozzy, Bozzal, Schuzyhound (this is some Austrian Dialect that my wife uses) among many others depending upon our moods. I don’t think he has an identity crisis at least not yet. He is almost 12 so I doubt he will develop one in this late stage of life and he is showing his age
  2. Yes.
  3. Yes and absolutely YES. Remember I have a 110 pound energetic German Shepard. On leash, I wouldn’t consider it taking him for a walk, more like Bozzy is dragging me along for the walk! It is not fun to have your arm pulled out of ones shoulder socket.
  4. Yes and speaking of Pioneer Park I worked to help successfully establish the dog park there when I was chair of the Downtown Community Council a few years back. Admittedly it isn’t much of a dog park but it is better than nothing!How could one not understand the difference – this isn’t an Einstein question!
  5. I think part of the issue is in fact that SLC has been developing dog parks while SL County has not, so non-residents of SLC come here to use our dog parks hence increasing user pressure on them with all of the attendant problems that causes. We can’t make SL County build more dog parks but as an elected official of SLC, I can publicly advocate for them and intend too. They need to pull their weight. In addition, I have been a strong advocate for the North Jordan River Parkway (~1900 No west of Redwood Road) for almost 30 years. My strong advocacy and interest in this area resulted in myself being invited to participate in the Jordan River Riparian Restoration Plan that was held a couple of years ago. This group was brought together as a result of the Soccer Complex development that required some environmental mitigation. It has been on hold as the result of litigation but should be resolved at some point. I believe that this area could be the next very large open area that would be very compatible as an off leash dog area due to it’s size. It would be a great resource for dog owners especially in the winter because it is a lower elevation so if remains free of snow more often. If elected, I intend on continuing to advocate for the appropriate development of this area including an off leash dog use.
  6. Yes I feel that one of the responsibilities of an elected official is to speak truth to power. Power in this case being well connected individuals. Another responsibility is to be an arbiter of these types of disputes and come up with fair solutions.With the possibility of becoming an elected official, I feel it is important to not admit to ever being a member of a passive group that is forced to quietly break the law!




  1. Not since April of 2012. Jingle Adams RIP, October 20, 1998-April 2, 2012
  2. I exercise with my grand-dog.
  3. Yes, but I think a balance is really important, because not everyone is comfortable around off-leash pets.
  4. Yes, I do.
  5. I promise to work closely with Salt Lake County to establish off-leash areas throughout the County, particularly in the south and west ends of the valley. The lack of options has meant overuse in Millcreek and Parleys.
  6. I want to try to find middle ground that gives opportunities to dog owners and to those who want dog-free areas.




  1. I don’t have a dog anymore, my dog Pepper was killed by a car years ago.
  2. If I did have a dog, I would want the freedom to go outside without always having a leash on my dog.
  3. Dog owners should certainly have a place to go where they don’t have to worry about being fined for having a well controlled pet off leash.
  4. I understand that free people have different ways of recreating, makes sense to me!
  5. I believe I can only operate within the proper function of government if elected, therefore, if public lands have rules which respect the rights of the people (which I believe includes allowance for pets provided that owners are respectful). The best way to ensure land is well cared for and that it’s use is under the control of it’s owners. No one cares for property better than the owners. Often, when only the government owns land, the rules of it’s use are not agreeable to all people involved. Therefore, I would like to see more land under private control. A privately controlled dog walk park would be a great thing to see. I believe the demand is certainly there, and would like to study why there are not more of these types of institutions available. This would avoid something called the tragedy of the commons, which is where everyone and no one owns a commodity. These things tend to not be well cared for.
  6. I believe correct principles should be followed regardless of the political consequences.

Attention Lindsey Gardens Users- Your input is needed this Wednesday!

What: Greater Avenues Community Council

When: Wednesday, October 2, 7:00pm
Where: Sweet Library, 9th Ave and F Street
If you live in the Avenues and/or use Lindsey Gardens, the battle against the fence continues.  City staff has not given up their fight to fence in the existing off-leash area at Lindsey Gardens.  Please attend the Greater Avenues Community Council this Wednesday, and let your voice be heard.  Last time this was on their agenda, the opposition came out in full force, and the off-leash users were largely absent.  Please attend, and bring your friends and children!  Staff will use any opportunity to argue that our voices shouldn’t count!!!  Below is the article from the October GACC Newsletter.  If you are unable to attend, please send an email to Tara at the City (her email is at the bottom of the article) and bcc  
Thank you, Millcreek FIDOS
Lindsey Gardens Off-Leash Dog Park Update 
The January and February GACC meetings were focused on the issue of the off-leash dog park in Lindsey Gardens. Eight months later, Ann Ober, the Salt Lake City Public Services Administrative Services Director, will attend our October 2 meeting to bring us up-to-date regarding the proposal to fence the area. Because no firm decision or time frame has been reached, staff at Public Services is still taking public comments and suggestions.  
Contact Tara Hasenoehrl at (801) 535-7116 or 


FIDOS Needs You In September

Hello Millcreek FIDOS-
We have two important events coming up in September.  Please help us with one or both of the following:
1. STRUT YOUR MUTT  Millcreek FIDOS will need volunteers to man our booth at Strut your Mutt  on Saturday, September 21, 8:30am-1:00pm at Liberty Park.  We will need four people for each shift (8:00am-10:30am and 10:30am-1:00pm), two people at the booth and two people roaming the crowd passing out flyers.
2. 2013 CANDIDATE FORUM  Please attend our 2013 Salt Lake City Council Candidate Forum on Monday, September 23, 7:00pm, at Sprague Library in Sugarhouse.  It is important to let our current and future council members know about the importance of our issue.  The latest battle: When the Salt Lake City Council approved the management plan for Parleys (Tanner) Park, they called for a 50 feet fence along the creek. The Parks Department has increased that to 150 feet, THREE TIMES what the council approved and it will run the entire length of the stream.  This fence is scheduled for next summer and we need members of the Salt Lake City Council to understand the negative impact these fences will have, not only on the natural beauty of the park but on those of us who use the park, forcing us almost completely out of all of the shady trails and further reduces the amount of off leash space left to us.  Please come voice your opinion!  We are also looking for people to pass out reminder flyers prior to the event.
For Information or to volunteer, please email Polly Hart at or call her at 801-231-8118.


Primary Elections

Attention all FIDOS -
If you live in a city, please remember to head to the polls tomorrow.  In Salt Lake City, there will be a big change in membership on the City Council that could be very important for off leash issues, not only future developments at Parleys (Tanner) Park but with a proposal that is moving along in Mayor Becker’s office related to dog off leash policies that has some areas of concern to FIDOS.

FIDOS representatives have been contacted by and have met with some of the candidates for Salt Lake City Council.  We wanted you to be aware of the candidates who considered FIDOS an important group to talk with. 
FIDOS representatives have met with Deb Henry and Topher Horman.  Both have dogs, have used Parleys (Tanner) and seem to understand our issues and needs.
Erin Mendenhall has also contacted us but we have been unable to meet as yet due to summer schedules.
Stan Penfold has been a friend to FIDOS and our issues during his term in office.  He voted in favor of the failed proposal for Parleys that would have given us more space and involvement and FIDOS supported him in the last election cycle. 
We have not been approached by any of the candidates in this district.

Also, please remember the FIDOS CANDIDATE FORUM that has been scheduled for Monday, September 23rd, at 7:00 PM at the Sprague Branch (Sugar House) Library.  This will be your opportunity to meet and talk with the candidates who make it through the primaries.  We will also be sending the candidate’s answers to a written questionnaire to you as we receive them.

Again, remember to exercise your right to choose the people who will be representing you in the future.  There are many things to consider as you make your choice, but we ask that you consider the needs of our canine friends while making your decision.  If you need more information about the primary election in your area, please visit the Salt Lake County Clerk’s website at .

Your Friends at Millcreek FIDOS
“Bark Now or Forever Hold Your Leash” / 

Millcreek FIDOS Candidate Forum, Save the date!

Hello SLC 2013 Candidates!

Please save the evening of Monday, September 23rd for the Millcreek FIDOS Candidate Forum to be held at Sprague Library. Because of the large number of candidates this year, we have decided to wait until after the primary, so only those of you that survive will be asked to attend (of course, the rest of you are welcome to come sit in the audience). We will, however, send out a questionnaire in the next couple of weeks, and all of your answers will be posted on our website for our 2,000+ members to read before the primary. For those of you unfamiliar with our non-profit, Millcreek FIDOS was founded in 2001 when Millcreek Canyon was under threat of closure to all dogs. Our group was instrumental in negotiating the current odd/even rules with the Forest Service and Salt Lake County. Our mission statement is:

The MILLCREEK F.I.D.O.S. (Friends Interested in Dogs and Open Space) are a group of concerned individuals who have joined together to help secure off-leash areas for companion dogs and their owners in the Salt Lake County area. F.I.D.O.S. works with local governments and regulatory agencies to secure and maintain off-leash areas.

We also work to educate dog owners about the importance of responsible dog ownership, including having a well-socialized and well-behaved dog, keeping one’s dog under control, and the all-important cleaning up after one’s dog (because we don’t like stepping in poop either!). Please visit our website above for more information, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Yours sincerely,

Polly Hart, Director

Mill Creek restoration project


It has come to our attention that the Forest Service, in cooperation with the Division of Wildlife Resources, has plans to begin a Mill Creek restoration project. Between 2013 and 2017, the project will involve vegetation plantings, barrier removal in the stream and plans to improve public access and safety.

As part of this project, rotenone will be used in the stream to poison all non-native fish in order to replace them with native cutthroat trout. Rotenone will be put into segments of the stream and when the non-native fish have been removed, a reversal process will take place.

We know all of you are very concerned with the well-being of your dog and that you would like to know the process and how it may affect your enjoyment of the canyon. An open house has been scheduled for Thursday, June 27th, between 6:30 and 8:30 PM, in the Skyline High School cafeteria.

One open house has already taken place and we apologize that we did not let you know about it, we just found out about the project although the Forest Service apparently has been working on the plans for over a year.

Please plan to attend to learn about the project and have your questions answered. We would suggest that you request that there be widely publicized notification when the water treatments are taking place to allow us to avoid those areas with our children and dogs while the rotenone is being used.

You can find more information on the project at or http://wildlife,utah,gov.millcreek .

Your friends at FIDOS Foundation and Millcreek FIDOS |
“Bark Now or Forever Hold your Leash!!”