|Boyce Park Ski Slopes 2001|
Treynor and I were very fortunate to live close to a county park. Boyce Park is located approximately 20 miles east of Pittsburgh in Plum & Monroeville PA. One beautiful fall sunday morning, Treynor and I were out for our daily walk. We came across a picnic area located next to the top of the ski slopes at the park. This picnic area is only accessible by car if it is reserved for large groups otherwise a chain across the driveway prevents daily vehicle access. However, there are plenty of ways to access this area on foot. In addition to picnic shelter, there is a softball field and a children's playground. It is a fairly large area enclosed on three sides by a cyclone fence. As there was no one around, I let Treynor off his leash to fetch the ball that I was thowing for him. We were there for approximately twenty minutes when we were startled by a police siren. I looked up over the top of the ski slopes to see a county police car with its lights flashing and siren blaring driving over the grass and rapidly approaching us. The next thing that I know, the police officer gets on the PA and bellows "Freeze, don't move". I looked around and realized that he was referring to us, a man and his dog playing ball on a softball field. When the officer was close enough he opened the car window and yelled, "Two things, one NO DOGS ON THE SOFTBALL FIELD, AND TWO, DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH (Actually according to PA state law all he had to be was under my control which he was but I was not about to argue with him).
All I can say is that apparently on that beautiful sunday morning, no motorists were speeding through the park, no one was littering or otherwise defacing the park, and you certainly did not have to worry about a beautiful golden retriever named Treynor catching his ball.