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Subject:Re: Roberts Bird Sanctuary
From:Paul Budde <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Budde <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:39:49 -0600

Here is a direct link to the three proposed sites.

Those familiar to "Roberts" will recognize that the first site (first map, the extreme NE corner of Roberts) would be a very inconvenient location for birders.  It's part of one of the largest and broadest undisturbed areas in the reserve.

The second site, the SE corner of Roberts, is already off-limits to birders as it's used by maintenance facilities.

Both of these would probably increase dog traffic through Roberts, due to the proximity of the off-leash area to the reserve.

The third site is just east of Lakewood Cemetery, across Dupont Ave S, in what is now a large maintenance facility.  Converting an old concrete parking lot to dirt and mulch for a dog park seems like a great idea, but the dog owners might reject this option as the aesthetics leave something to be desired.

Prior locations that have been considered for this park have been taken off the table already due to community input, so you should assume that any input you provide would also be considered as the park continues to seek a home.  


Paul Budde
Minneapolis MN
-----Original Message-----
From: Minnesota Birds [mailto:MOU-NET@LISTS.UMN.EDU] On Behalf Of Tony Smith
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:23 AM
Subject: [mou-net] Roberts Bird Sanctuary

As many of you know, the Mpls. Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is looking  
for a location for an off-leash dog park in south or southwest  
Minneapolis.  Two of three locations are adjacent or very near the east  entrance to 
Roberts Bird Sanctuary.   Below is are excerpts from an  update regarding this 
issue, which is being monitored by Aud. Chap. of  Mpls.
I think that little is known about the effects of dog parks on bird  
sanctuaries.  If anyone has access to research or other information, you  can 
contact Kit at the following:
>Kit Healy
>Chair, Conservation Committee
>Audubon Chapter  of Minneapolis

Here's  an update for people on what's happening regarding possibly 
an  off-leash dog park next to Roberts Bird Sanctuary.
The issue has not been added to the MPRB agenda and no citizen input  
meetings have been scheduled. 

You can mail a letter, send an email, or  make a phone call, or do all 
three! The Commissioners need to hear from  us.

If you are not opposed to dog parks in general, please let the  
Commissioners know this as well. (When my dogs were alive, I often took  
them to off-leash parks.)

Also, please forward this email to others  who want to preserve and protect 
the Sanctuary.

Here's the link to  the MPRB Commissioners contact  information:

Here's  the link to the Feb. 4 Commissioners' announcement about CAC and 
three  possible  sites:

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