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Drawn-Out Kerfuffle Stymies Park for Pooches

As it turns out, those campaigning for a dog park to be built in Avondale Estates were barking up the wrong tree. The Avondale Estates-Decatur Patch reports that, despite two years of efforts to find a canine-and-people-friendly location, the idea is a no-go, Fido. "Every time we looked at a site we got pushback from residents," Ad Hoc Dog Park Committee Chairwoman (yes, that's a thing) Martha McDermott told the website. "It went on until we ran out of places." Barkley, the cantankerous Cocker Spaniel pictured here, blasted the impasse as "human bureaucracy at its most predictable."

The committee reportedly looked at using the city bird sanctuary, Fletcher Park, the North Woods and Willis Park for the site — the first three were too close to residential areas, and the latter apparently is a popular cut-through for kids on their way to The Museum School. According to an email newsletter from the city: "The implementation of a dog park will be delayed until the City is able to acquire or locate a suitable green space to dedicate to a dog park."

— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep

· Avondale Estates Shelves Dog Park Idea [Patch]