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Citizens cry foul over Greenville Canine Corner closing

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A group of Greenville citizens want City Council to reconsider closing Cleveland Park's Canine Corner.

The Council voted to close the park and build a new one at Conestee Park a few miles away last May. People who enjoy the Canine Corner, though, are not happy, and said the decision is unnecessary.

"We don't feel that enough voice has been given to people who love the park and who want to keep it open. We feel like the decision to close it has been made in haste," said Mike O'Connell, who takes his two dogs to Canine Corner frequently.

"Opening another dog park in Conestee is an excellent idea," said O'Connell, "but there's no reason that opening one dog park means that another dog park has to close."

Council made the decision after a series of complaints from surrounding residents that the park was too noisy and that there were too many parking issues, with park-goers leaving their cars too close to driveways and on the side of residential streets.

"Complaints about the noise," said Jil Littlejohn, a council member. "And sometimes people don't respect the park hours."

Littlejohn said she has not heard a formal complaint from members of the now-grassroots organization pushing to keep the park open.

O'Connell said a petition is in the works to present to City Council, but he said the group has addressed their concerns to the Parks and Recreation Department.

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