BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — One Boston City Councilor is heeding the call for more dog parks in the city.
District 5 City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo is a dog-owner himself, and said his district — and the southwestern part of the city — need more dog parks in a recent hearing.
According to Arroyo, there are seven city-owned dog parks in the city, in the North End, South End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and three in Dorchester.
"It's a great tool for bringing communities closer together," he said. Arroyo also said he often receives calls about dogs in human parks and off their leashes, and said adding more city dog parks would begin to fix that issue.
Arroyo said the influx of dogs during the pandemic was making the relative lack of dog parks worse.
He isn't the only one who wants to see the parks built.
"Many people, myself included, want to go someplace where we can walk or exercise with our dogs, not stand and watch our dogs play," said Claudia Dunn, of the Dog Park Association of SouthWest Boston.
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