Some Mt. Washington residents not happy about dog park reopening



PITTSBURGH - Some Mt. Washington residents aren’t happy that a dog park is set to reopen on Saturday. They said it doesn’t belong across the street from their homes.

Pat Ward, the proud owner of two dogs, said she thinks there are places for dogs to play, but not across the street from her Hallock Street home.

However, the Olympia Dog Park is set to open back up on Saturday.

“It’s 35-40 feet from our homes. This is a residential neighborhood,” she said. “It’s torn the neighborhood apart.”

Many residents have opposed the park since it was put in two years ago. It’s been a battle ever since.

“The shrieking of the dogs and the noise is so startling. When those dogs bark, my dogs bark,” Ward said.

The park has been closed since April for maintenance. Some residents said they were hoping it would stay closed until a new location was found.

“Dogs are attacking dogs. Dogs are jumping over the wall. My dog was actually attacked up there,” Marlene Masucci said.

Adam Causgrove, who spearheaded the idea for the park, wants it to stay put.

“A lot of people talk about moving it back into the woods. The amount of money that would go into cleaning an area large enough would trump any argument,” Causgrove said.

Channel 11’s Jodine Costanzo reached out to the city and was told the mayor’s office is working to resolve the dispute.