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Proposal to restrict dog walking on part of Lakewalk delayed

A controversial proposal that would have allowed the city to ban bicycling, rollerblading and dog walking on the narrow, unpaved section of Lakewalk in front of the Ledges Townhomes will be sent back to a committee for more discussion.

A controversial proposal that would have allowed the city to ban bicycling, rollerblading and dog walking on the narrow, unpaved section of Lakewalk in front of the Ledges Townhomes will be sent back to a committee for more discussion.

The city wanted to designate the Lakewalk stretching from 23rd to 25th avenues east as park property to have greater control and prevent certain uses for safety reasons, said city parks and recreation director Kathy Bergen. The Duluth City Council was to vote on the proposal Monday.

"We don't want people riding bikes or rollerblades," she said. "It's just not safe."

Another possible restriction was to ban walking dogs along the trail, an idea that met with objections from some community members and led to its tabling at last week's City Council meeting.

The city's Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss the issue at its next meeting Aug. 12 at the Central Hillside Community Center, 12 E. Fourth St., at 4 p.m.

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