Editor: Parks and Recreation provides our community with fun outdoor opportunities. I participate in the Southmont senior services nutrition site and I also enjoy the walking trail and relax at the picnic tables and enjoy watching the kids at the splash pad.

I have reported to Parks and Recreation that some people disobey their posted signs prohibiting pets on trails and fields and splash pad. The director has explained to me that it is more of a request rather than prohibited. I provided him the Davidson County leash law and he told me the commissioners do want it enforced. I have seen court cases where people have been cited. Some cases were dismissed at court level.

I love dogs and therefore I urge pet owners to keep their pet on a leash when at the splash pad and trails for the pet’s own protection as well as the public. Children and the elderly may act unpredictable and cause a friendly pet to hurt someone accidently by jumping, nipping, or scratching. Not everyone has signed a liability waiver that protects Parks and Recreation should an incident occur. The pet owner most likely will be the one held accountable for damages.

Please remember pet waste is toxic and bring your own supplies to clean up after your pet. I have put in a request to Parks and Recreation to provide a sign to pick up poop and provide plastic disposal bags.

Jackie Taylor

Lexington