Dog Park at El Charco
By César Árias
It is clear that the essential mission of El Charco del Ingenio as a Botanical Garden is the conservation, study and promotion of the flora, both the native one growing in the preserve as well as the one from our collection of Mexican plants. However, El Charco, since its founding in 1991, has also been a community center, open to all sectors and interests of San Miguel. In the early years, pet access was free, but it was soon necessary to restrict this presence in order to preserve the ecosystem and flora. Of course there was resistance and nonconformity of a sector of users. After several trials, the Board of the Botanical Garden, in 2011, agreed to assign a couple of acres adjacent to the urban area (Balcones), for the creation of a dog park, an isolated area where the presence of the dogs does not significantly affect the ecosystem of the preserve. This park has operated since then for members of the Garden, with minimal elements and usage rules, which have been unevenly respected by users.
To discuss the Dog Park at El Charco
Fri, Jan 17, 11am
The dome at the Botanical Garden
Currently El Charco, with the enormous economic burden of caring for the preserve and its botanical collections, does not have the resources to pay for the monitoring and maintenance of the Dog Park. The membership fee alone is clearly insufficient for this. Such a space to continue to function as a dog park will require additional support from the users, which may be economic or otherwise.
In order to discuss possible solutions and provide ideas about the park, the Board will hold an open meeting with people who currently use or may want to use the Dog Park on Friday, January 17, at 11am at the Dome in the Botanical Garden. Any questions or queries, please contact the director, Mario Hernández : elcharcodirección@gmail.com