City park awaits rain to reopen following high E. coli count

By Daniel Dunkle | Jul 15, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham

Rockland — City Manager Thomas Luttrell updated the City Council July 14 on the closure of Snow Marine Park due to high levels of E. coli.

He said measures have been taken to solve the problem including disposal of dog waste at the park and treating the green areas. After the next rain, the levels of bacteria will be tested again to see if it can be reopened.

The city will also test the waste found at the park for species, costing about $1,000, city officials said at the meeting.

Comments (8)
Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Jul 17, 2014 05:22

Amen, Mark.

Posted by: Mark Breton | Jul 17, 2014 04:50

It's worth pointing out that this same park is used by kids for the fall recreation soccer program. Having coached these soccer teams I can tell you there is a lot of dog crap in that park. The kids shouldn't have to worry about stepping in crap during games and practices. They should just ban dogs from this park altogether. Why not create a dog park near the old Macdougal School? What's the cost, a fence and garbage cans?

Posted by: Judith Gushee | Jul 16, 2014 08:23

When is the last time anyone has been cited for failing to clean up after their dog?  It is a law correct?   It may not be the most important thing local officials have to deal with, but a small amount of time spent ticketing these individuals might be worthwhile.   It can be a health hazard although I find it hard to believe that high levels of e.coli in rain water were caused by dog feces in the park.   If it was than the city should spend more than a small amount of time on this problem.

Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Jul 15, 2014 20:05

Just curious.  Did public works keep count of the actual number of poops they picked up?

Posted by: Karin Ludewig | Jul 15, 2014 17:14

My wife and I have taken our dog to that park many times, and I did see a very few owners not clean up after their dog----so we scooped it up and told them they were not welcome back. Other dog owners we have talked to also clean up after the inconsiderate slobs as well, and they are made to feel active hostility to their foul behavior----as always, a few psychopaths spoil things for everyone else.

The problem is, psychopaths don't understand the English language. What they DO understand is being grabbed by the throat, lifted six inches off the ground and having their head banged on a wall until they see stars. THEN, you have their attention and can explain things to them. THAT, they usually understand, but not always, some need occasional reminders.

You have to explain things to people in the language they understand.

Walt Ludewig


Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Jul 15, 2014 14:36

By the way, how disgusting is it that there's so much dog poop at a park that humans can't use it. But, no, dogs should be able to go anywhere. No, no, and no.

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Jul 15, 2014 14:32

Really??!! Irresponsible dog owners??!! What are you, some kind of grouch who doesn't like dogs? Dogs should be able to go anywhere, anytime....right everyone?

By the way, I complained about there being no leash law sign at the beaches to Mr. Luttrell. I can't abide people who think they can let their dogs loose to get into whatever trouble they want. He said he'd definitely look into it, I'm counting on it.


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 15, 2014 14:02

I'll be glad when it reopens so my lawn won't be used by these jerks that are too inconsiderate to clean up after their dogs. If I know where they live I just bag it up and return it to them.

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