OK, here's what happened last night.
There's strong support on the board to get this community discussion going. It was already on their radar but has been kicked up a few levels in terms of intensity.
The board has connections to City Animal Control and will have a rep come to their next board meeting in Dec. to talk to them about what AC policies are, how they work enforcement, etc. This is just preparation for step 2, which is...
Sometime in February there is an already planned community meeting on Lincoln Park. They'll have representatives of Animal Control, Seal Watchers, and other groups that have connections to talk to people about how off leash dogs impact the park and (likely) inform the public that off leash enforcement is coming to Lincoln Park. This is in hopes that the message is sent and self-enforcement starts to happen amongst dog owners. (Which is what many of us believe is the only real solution.)
There is some expectation amongst the attendees last night that the concept of a new, sanctioned off leash area in Lincoln Park will get floated by some owners. There was also strong support last night that any idea of that has to be floated by someone in the dog community first. It won't be broached or offered by the FCA. If they want it, they have to do the work to see if they can get the public to support it.
There may have to be additional public meetings after Feb. but that remains to be seen.
I plan to attend the Dec. FCA board meeting to hear the Animal Control person and see what's recommended moving forward.
DPB also attended and can clarify anything I wrote. :-)