Dog owners cleaning up at area parks

Members of the Summerland Dog Owners Association were out at Peach Orchard Beach on Sunday afternoon during a Pick Up Poop Party.

Irene Burrell

With scoops and plastic bags in hand, members of the Summerland Dog Owners Association were out at Peach Orchard Beach on Sunday afternoon during a Pick Up Poop Party.

This is the third year the dog owners have held the clean-up efforts at beaches and parks in the community.

“We run this event because we believe that if we all clean up after our dogs, public opinion of dogs and dog ownership will be much more positive,” said Pamela Ayotte, president of the association.

From October to April, Peach Orchard Park can be used as an off-leash park for dogs.

Ayotte said the dog owners would like to have a safe, fenced year-round field for dog owners to exercise and socialize their pets. Such parks are in place in Lake Country, Kelowna and Penticton.

“Summerland Dog Owners Association is working with the district and community groups to help finally bring such a park to Summerland residents too,” she said.

The next clean-up party will be held at Sunoka Dog Beach on Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m.