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Dog park in St. Helens becomes permanent

The off-leash dog area in McCormick Park in St. Helens will remain a permanent fixture following a St. Helens City Council vote Wednesday to remove a “sunset clause” from the park’s current ordinance.

The City Council created the off-leash dog area on a trial basis in 2011. Due to the popularity and high use of the park, the council voted to amend the city code Wednesday, June 1, making the park permanent.

Earlier this year, rules for the dog park also changed to allow people and their pets to use the park from sunrise to sunset and use dog toys in the park.