If the best things in life are free, then a popular dog park in Del Rey Oaks will remain among the best.

The City Council this week decided against charging a $10 annual registration fee for dogs using the two-year-old park.

City Manager Daniel Dawson said members of the public voiced opposition to the fee, and the council unanimously scratched the idea.

The fee wasn't intended to be a big revenue source, but was seen as a way to help cover city costs for maintenance and supplies.

It costs the city about $1,500 a year to buy supplies — primarily plastic dog-waste bags and replacement water dishes — and maintain the fenced dog park, Dawson said.

The city created the dog park at the south end of Del Rey Oaks Park in 2011, and it has proved popular among dog owners in the area.

Dawson said the city would gladly accept donations "if someone wants to donate and put it toward the dog park."


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