Off-leash areas designated in Round Valley, part of library field

Park City leaders on Thursday tossed a bone to dog owners.

And it is a big one.

The Park City Council unanimously declared a large swath of Round Valley an off-leash area, opening the beloved acreage to people who want to run their pets. It was perhaps the greatest victory won by dog owners in Park City after years of disputes about leash laws and locations for a dog park.

The Round Valley land, acquired by City Hall for conservation purposes and popular with hikers, bicyclists, snowshoers and cross-country skiers, covers approximately 1,400 acres of land stretching outward from the edge of Park Meadows. There are numerous popular trails in Round Valley, and off-leash dogs were for years regularly seen there.

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