Downtown District wants dogs in the Ped Mall


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Pet lovers may soon be allowed to have their dogs with them on the Pedestrian Mall.

The Iowa City Downtown District has requested that the city councilors amend the city code to allow dogs on the Ped Mall. The ordinance would allow dogs so long as the leash is less than 6feet in length, according to city documents.

Dogs would not, however, be allowed within 15 feet of the playground equipment, tethered to public or private property, or be near a sidewalk café, outdoor service area, or a limestone planter.

The Downtown District also requested that the councilors amend the city code to allow dogs to be off leash in all city dog parks.

City Councilors will vote on the first consideration of this ordinance at their next meeting, Nov. 13. An ordinance requires three readings.

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