Looking forward to the Dog Days
From January, Nice will open eight new 'Dog Parks', where your pets can romp in complete freedom. They will be set up throughout the city, explained the deputy mayor, and went on 'Within these enclosed spaces they can be let off the leash - as long as it's done responsibly.'
The town has been responding to demands from several quarters, including a 300-strong demonstration last spring of owners and their four-footed friends.
Nice hopes that the new plan will ease the relationship between dog-owners and other townsfolk. 'Now the animal has its own place', says the deputy mayor. 'we can avoid the problems that occur when dogs wish to frolic among other park-goers such as children and old folk. Elsewhere, of course, they must be kept on a lead.'
The city of Nice is also dogged in its determination to clear up the question of canine excreta. 'The battle goes on. It's intolerable that streets which are clean in the morning should be allowed to be soiled by careless dog-owners', declared the deputy.
The first, and most extensive, dog park (4,555 square metres in area) will open in January on the hill of Cimiez in the Bois Sacré, next to the Roseraie du Monastère. To the delight of pets everywhere, other parks will open in quick succession throughout the year.