For the past two-plus years, I have taken my dog to Sunnyside Park, enjoying the location (close to home) and the space for my dog to run.
Not wanting to jeopardize the opportunity of being able to take my dog to Sunnyside, I kept my dog on a leash, plus ensured that I picked up after my dog and others as well.
I would do the same if my dog was off-leash.
We were never consulted about the banning of dogs at Sunnyside Park. The creation of an off-leash area would make it easier to abide by the rule not to have dogs in the park.
There is an area in the northeast corner of the park that would be perfect for an off-leash area. It is never used by the public; there are lots of dogs in the area that would benefit from this; and all the area would need is a fence, keeping the cost to the city at a minimum.
People will now have to drive their dogs to other off-leash parks, creating more cars on the roads and carbon in the air.