From a correspondent:
Above are photos of a new sign that has been installed in a few locations around Prospect Park. This one is adjacent to the "Dog Beach". There is only one problem; read the rules closely, then look at the sign posted only about 6' away (and behind the park bench). It contradicts both the new sign by allowing 5pm offleash and the amended health code times.
Anyone who frequents Prospect Park knows that the leash rules are rarely enforced anywhere, but never enforced at the "Dog Beach". This summer I approached Officer D. Scott of the Parks Enforcement Patrols to tell her that several dogs were running around, unleashed, in that area. I was told that they usually stay away from the dog beach to avoid confrontation with dog owners. Unleashed dogs can be found at any time of day running from the water and on to the surrounding fields. Dogs that run around on the hillside beneath the stand of elm trees northwest of the beach have completely denuded it of undergrowth. In addition, a satellite image from Google Earth clearly shows the same kind of damage caused by the dogs to the edge of the field just southwest of the "Dog Beach". Finally, I was there today at noon and the garbage can next to the beach reeked so badly of dog waste that I could smell it from several yards away. No surprise that there are rats hanging around that area. Olmstead and Vaux are turning over in their graves.
So PEP agents "usually stay away from the dog beach to avoid confrontation with dog owners". Indeed. That's like saying a pass receiver usually heads straight out of bounds as soon as the football is snapped to avoid confrontation with tacklers. Or the leadoff hitter usually takes three called strikes to avoid confrontation with the pitcher. Isn't "confrontation with dog owners" one of things these people are paid to do?
Update: In a comment subsequent to those published below, which we chose not to publish because (among other reasons) we had closed the discussion, Surreal writes "You obviously do not understand the dynamics of baseball. Infielders play primarily around the bases or baselines. Outfielders cover large expanses of grass in sweeping arcs." Of course infielders do; that--and the fact that this is where baserunners are-- is a reason those areas are dirt. But, as we said, infielders go onto the relatively small grassy area to field slow grounders or bunts, and the pitcher runs over to first base to cover it. By the same token, baserunners do not go into the outfield, and the outfield areas are sufficiently large that any one place has relatively little use. The overall impact of fielders on any one area of the smaller, but relatively infrequently trampled, infield grassy area and the far larger, but more frequently trampled outfield areas ought to be roughly the same.