Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Capital Park was closed for five days today due to excessive dog waste, CBJ Officials said.
The move was to maintain health and safety standards for animals and humans. All violations will be reported to Animal Control.
Parks and Recreation Officials said they will continue to close other areas to dogs if the problem persists.
They note dog waste is not biodegradable like wild animal waste and can stick around for a long time.
The dog waste also contains harmful bacteria, pollutes groundwater, and has an unpleasant odor.
Parks closed due to the same problem include Dimond Park, Melvin Park field #2, the North Franklin Parking Lot grassy area, and the small area of land located at the top of Gold Street. All have since reopened.
Dog owners are encouraged to pick up your pet's waste and dispose of it properly. Bags are provided any many CBJ trailheads and parks.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Park Maintenance at 364-2800.