The immediate result of the petition to have dogs off leash at Bauer has been a sharp increase in off leash dogs at Bauer, as if the request has been voted on and approved. This is sad for the dog owners who actually have well controlled dogs who are able to be off leash. The vast majority of off leash dogs at Bauer are roaming beyond the control of their owners, or the owners have NO voice control over their dogs. This is a problem for people who have dogs on leash, or are just walking and don't want to be confronted by a dog or pack of dogs. How can you pick up after your dog if you can't see where they are pooping? The cross country teams use the park, the Elementary schools use the park, as do the Bauer Educational classes and many more, it's really not fair for them to have to deal with roaming dogs. Again, not all dogs are unruly off leash, but the majority at Bauer are. I have no problem with the idea of finding a place in Madison for a fenced-in , large, dog park and perhaps having permits for people who have well trained dogs who answer to their owner's voice commands. That is my personal opinion but I know from experience that just having an off leash free for all in a multi-use park is irresponsible. People think their friendly dogs is going to be friendly to everyone and every dog, that is not true and it takes an extemely well trained dog to follow voice commands when other dogs are around. The area suggested by the Bauer Advisory Committee is 20 acres, 2 acres open field and 18 acres woodland with a trail. I just walked that trail with my two dogs, with ease, and I'm no spring chicken. I think it's a shame that those 20 acres were refused by the dog walkers, I think it had potential. But again, that is my personal opinion.