Rochester, MN  (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester Park Board is one step closer to making some changes to  dog leash policies in city parks.

After hearing concerns from residents that ranged from fear of larger unleashed dogs to dog droppings, the board on Tuesday directed staff to come back with recommendations that can be acted on at its next meeting.

The Board reached consensus on some possible changes. One would require leashes on trails and in specific spaces, such as playgrounds and picnic areas and within a certain distance of organized activities (baseball and soccer games)  and events (concerts and fests).  Another would establish leash free zones in parks.

The City Council recently asked the board to consider changes as it is also reviewing policies outside of the park system.

Check here for the Board agenda.

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