For more than 20 years, dogs have run free on Battery Park’s main lawn early in the morning.
The unused grassy area was a place for dogs and their owners to socialize, the only large open space downtown where dogs could run around.
But that changed this summer, when Parks Department officers began issuing $150 tickets to dog owners, enforcing a leash policy that had long been ignored, according to DNAinfo.
Now, the Downtown Dog Owners Association is fighting for a trial period to prove that their dogs are helping, not hurting, the park.
Warrie Price, president of the Battery Conservancy, said she did not have a position on the trial period, but she is concerned about the negative impact dogs sometimes have on the park when they stray into planted beds or when their owners don’t pick up after them.