Security has asked us to clarify our policy regarding bringing dogs into Hackly Park during the event. No dogs are allowed in the park, with the exception of ADA qualified service dogs.
Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability.
A therapy dog handler is not given public access rights by any service dog laws to take the dog out everywhere like service dog users, because the handler does not have a disability the dog is individually trained to mitigate. Therapy dogs are only allowed into places like hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and libraries by prior agreement (Again, not by service dog laws).
To ensure an enjoyable and safe event for all, security may ask dog owners questions to determine if a dog is a qualified service animal.