RPA POLICY ON DOGS AND SERVICE ANIMALS AT MCGOUGH NATURE PARK
The City of Largo RPA Department is committed to welcoming all visitors to McGough Nature Park, including our guests with disabilities who are accompanied by a trained service dog.
Although dogs and personal pets are prohibited at the park, exceptions are made for trained service animals. Only working service animals, in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) are allowed in the park. Under the ADA, a service animal is a dog that has been individually trained to perform tasks for assisting a person with a disability.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, only trained service animals are permitted in the park. Pets, exotic species, therapy or emotional-support animals are not permitted. A service dog must be leashed and under handler's control at all times. The guest is responsible for caring for and supervising their service dog, which includes toileting and feeding.
This policy is intended to protect the health and safety of all our visitors, staff, Park animals and visiting service animals.
Some animals can strongly react to the presence of a dog, therefore certain areas of the park are restricted from service animals. Due to the presence of captive wild birds and other animals in and around the Nature Center at McGough, the following rules apply to service animals:
Restricted areas: Service animals are not permitted at any time in the nature center, on the outdoor deck, and in the adjacent areas where occupied cages are located.
- In addition, on occasion volunteers will walk the birds through the park. During these times, a portable sign will be placed restricting service animals from that area of the park.
Per the ADA, service animals may be excluded if their presence fundamentally alters the nature of the Park's services or if the animal is out of the owner's control. If other activities are occurring at the Park that would have to be fundamentally altered to accommodate guests with service animals, a service animal is out of control, a wild bird or other animal or is visibly upset or agitated by the presence of a service animal, or a service animal is visibly upset or agitated, City staff may exclude all service animals or a particular service animal from a portion of or the entire Park.
The Park does not charge any fees for service animals. However, the owner may be held responsible for any damage, injury or death caused by the service animal to the Park, the owner, the Park's animals, employees or other visitors to the same extent as others without service animals are held responsible. Owners should also be aware that the nature of the Park's activities is such that service animals may be exposed to diseases, and risk is assumed wholly by the owner when bringing the service animal on site.