Dog owners in St. Helens are one step closer to seeing the development of an off-leash dog area in McCormick Park.

At a public forum on the topic March 2, dog owners came to voice their support of the tentative plan, which calls for offsetting an area in McCormick Park for off-leash dogs. Many went so far as to say they would help pay for the project out of pocket.

City Councilors also appeared receptive to the idea, especially after hearing that many residents already don't comply with the city's current ordinance and take their dogs off leash in the park.

If the Parks Commission supports the plan, City Council will likely move to approve it.

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