Gladstone’s only dog park is closed following one neighbor’s complaints.

“It’s 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 he’s still waiting. Now the Valley View City Dog Park is closed, at least temporarily, until the issue can be figured out.

by: KOIN 6 NEWS - Ken Fielding's home is just 17 feet away from the chain link fence that designates this Gladstone dog park. And he wants a buffer. 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 didn’t do what we said we were going to do — it’s been a year and a half and he’s 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 Fielding’s 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.

“He’s really frustrated, nothing happened — I don’t know if he didn’t take it any farther — I’ve never heard of it — this is the first time it’s come before us,” Nelson said. “So I think we’re going to fix it for him and try and make him comfortable with what we’ve 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 that’s too early for all the commotion in his back yard. And with just a single fence separating the park from his back yard, it’s 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 he’s 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.

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