Gladstones only dog park is closed following one neighbors complaints.
Its 17 feet from the fence line to my window, said dog-park neighbor Ken Fielding. Every night I open my window, and I have to smell it.
Fielding said the city promised to create a buffer zone between the pets, their smell and his backyard but it has been more than a year and hes still waiting. Now the Valley View City Dog Park is closed, at least temporarily, until the issue can be figured out.
KOIN 6 News talked to Gladstone City Councilor Len Nelson and received a surprisingly candid answers.
We dropped the ball, Nelson said. And I apologized to him because we didnt do what we said we were going to do its been a year and a half and hes so frustrated. Now he wants to take litigation against the city.
Nelson said the city is ready to finish a job of making life less miserable for Ken Fielding.
The only thing standing between Fieldings backyard and the dog park is a chain-link fence. And Fielding said it smells and there are too many dogs too close to his home.
Hes really frustrated, nothing happened I dont know if he didnt take it any farther Ive never heard of it this is the first time its come before us, Nelson said. So I think were going to fix it for him and try and make him comfortable with what weve got there for him.
Fielding said the smell is bad and dogs begin adding to the smell every day sometimes as early as 4 a.m. He said thats too early for all the commotion in his back yard. And with just a single fence separating the park from his back yard, its become a scary place for his 4-year-old son.
Most of the people are gathered in the front of the park and, yeah, the dogs are going to run towards the little kid because they either want to play or whatever and it scares the hell out of him, Fielding said.
Fielding told KOIN 6 News hes not a dog hater or even a dog-park hater but he wants to see what the park would feel like if the safeguards were in place the city had originally promised.