City of Dubuque News Release

Public Input Sought on Proposal to Allow Pets in Majority of City Parks

Rebecca Kuhle, Dubuque Park and Recreation Commission Chairperson

1/3/2020 -- For Immediate Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The City of Dubuque Park and Recreation Commission will host a public input meeting regarding an ordinance proposal to allow pets in the majority of city parks.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6 - 8 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth Street.

The meeting is being held to allow residents to share feedback, comments, or concerns relating to the proposal with park and recreation commissioners.  Each resident will be allowed up to three minutes to share their comments.  The City of Dubuque Park and Recreation Commission, which serves in an advisory role to the City Council, is considering the ordinance proposal for recommendation to the City Council.  The City Council would have to approve any changes to the current ordinance.  

For a list of parks and trails where leashed pets are currently allowed and to view the current and proposed ordinance please visit  

For those who would like to provide feedback/comments but are unable to attend the meeting, the Parks and Recreation Commission is also accepting input via survey available online and in several locations throughout the community.  The survey can be found at  The survey will be available from January 2-17, 2020.  Paper copies of the survey are also available at the following locations:
  • City of Dubuque Leisure Services, 2200 Bunker Hill Rd
  • Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Avenue
  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W 11th Street
Letters may be mailed to: City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department, 2200 Bunker Hill Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002. Emails may be sent to All input received in all forms will be shared with the Park and Recreation Commission and the City Council. 

For questions and further information on the commission’s proposal to change the current ordinance, please call the Park and Recreation Commission Chair Rebecca Kuhle at 563-542-1290. 
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Please do not reply to this message.  If you would like additional information on this issue, please contact the staff person identified at the top of the message or contact the City of Dubuque Public Information Office at or 563.589.4151.

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