No Dogs Allowed in Forks Parks, Supervisors Say

Forks supervisors reverse earlier ordinance allowing dogs in township parks.

Forks Township has rejected an ordinance allowing dogs in the township parks.
Forks Township has rejected an ordinance allowing dogs in the township parks.
The dog days are over at Forks Township's parks.

The township supervisors voted Thursday to reverse an earlier ordinance that allowed dogs into the township park system, according to published reports.

In June, supervisors voted 3-2 to allow dogs in Community Park and other parks and on township bike paths . 

One of the three votes in favor of the ordinance came from supervisor David Billings, who has since resigned. 

According to the Express-Times, a revised version of the ordinance came before the board Thursday. With Billings gone and a new board member yet to take office, the vote was 2-2, meaning the ordinance died.

The board on Thursday voted to appoint Ed Moore to fill Billings' seat. Moore had been a member of the recreation board, which supported the ordinance. 

Are you a dog owner? Give us your thoughts on the township's decision in the comments.

Bob B July 20, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Still waiting for the Forks Supervisors to pass an ordinace that requires dog owners to keep excessive barking dogs inside from 8:30 am - 8:00 pm.
Rob Leiser July 20, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I am not a Dog owner but a regular user of Recreation Trails in Palmer, Forks and Plainfield Township. Other then an issue with a rather vicious Dog and its idiot Owner on the Tatamy Trail, I have had no issues with most of the Dogs that I encounter on the trails where they are allowed. Are some Dogs and there Owners going to be a problem? Yes. Will it be worse then some of the other behavior I have witnessed in Forks Park? Probably not. I am very familiar Forks Townships (misnamed) Community Park. The Recreation Center land and some of the Fields were my Families Property. This Recreation Project was built as a Youth Facility. With the majority of the current Board of Supervisors coming from Youth Sports it is clear they don’t want the uses of the Park expanded.
Kathy Finan July 20, 2013 at 10:52 PM
I think this is terrible, we live in Forks, we pay taxes in Forks, I try to stay in town for most of my shopping in when I can. But yet I have to get into the car to drive over to bushkill creek where there is a walking trail. My dog is not allowed off the pavement, I've taught her we are walking & thats all she does. I would so love to stay in Forks. People how would you like anothers dog poop in your yard, you wouldn't like it. Be considerate.


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