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Carver County threatens to shut down dog park as owners aren't removing poop

Users of the park until Monday to clean it up.
Lake Minnewashta dog park

Pet owners who use an off-leash dog park in the southwest Twin Cities have been told they need to clean it up by Monday, or it will be shut down.

Carver County Parks and Recreation Department is holding two clean-up events this weekend at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park, near Excelsior, because the lack of upkeep by those who use it "has led to unsightly and unsanitary conditions."

"Conditions must dramatically improve by Monday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 a.m. for the off-leash area to remain open," it wrote in a Facebook post.

It then warns that if "sanitary conditions are not met, an indefinite closure of the facility is planned until sanitary conditions are achieved."

Per the rules of the park, pet owners must bring equipment so that they can dispose of their dog's poops.

But efforts to clean up the park will be hampered by the fact that Minnesota is set to get a snowstorm starting late Saturday.

Around 4 inches is possible in the southwest metro, which follows the light dusting received overnight.

"The county does not want to see the facility closed, please do take action as you're able to avoid a closure," Carver County Parks and Recreation said. 

One person who responded to the post asked whether more trash containers could be placed around the park, noting that not everyone likes carrying around bags of dog feces.

"We've looked at placing more trash containers throughout the facility however it really does add substantial work volume," the county said. "Also the pet waste can become very heavy, at times equipment is needed rather than a human based removal method."

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