James City County to consider allowing dogs off-leash in some county parks

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ALABASTER, AL – FEBRUARY 24: Honey Belle, a Shepherd mix, prepares to break ground to kick off the renovation of the off-leash area at Veteran’s Park in Alabaster on February 24, 2012 in Alabaster, Alabama. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Beneful)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — James City County is holding a public hearing Tuesday evening on the consideration of allowing dogs off their leashes in some county parks. 

“In response to citizen interest in providing off-leash areas for dogs in County parks, staff has identified four locations where this type of area could be established,” said John Carnifax Jr., Director of Parks and Recreation for James City County, in a letter to the Board of Supervisors. 

Currently it is illegal of any dogs to be off-leash in any park. 

“It is staff’s intent to operate these areas on a trial basis in order to evaluate the effectiveness and potential to become a permanent addition to our park amenities,” Carnifax said. 

If the Board of Supervisors approves an ordinance change, trial off-leash area’s could be established in Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Jamestown Beach Event Park, Upper County Park and Veterans Park by May, according to county documents. 

The areas would be bordered by split rail fence section in the corners and halfway down each side. 

The area would include dog stations with trash cans and rules.

The James City County Board of Supervisors meets at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the County Government Center Board Room

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