It's a public park hazard more reviled than ants, hot slides, maybe even locked restrooms.

Doggie doodoo. Pooch poop. Fido feces.Visit the park and you'll see it, probably even step in it.

And why do kids always seem drawn to it like some sort of nasty, magnetic monument?

Most cities have some sort of leash or nuisance ordinance designed to curb the problem. But most dogs - and a few of their masters - couldn't give a yip about pet laws.

Still, Sandy officials say human parkgoers can co-exist with their four-legged counterparts - even if strolling barefoot in the park remains a bad idea.

The city's parks and recreation department has installed "dogi pots" in all of its major parks. The pots are actually plastic bag dispensers posted on the sides of pavilions, complete with instructions for their use.

It's simple duty for dog owners: Just pull out a bag, wrap it around your hand, pick up the offending pile, toss it in the trash and enjoy the thanks of fellow park visitors.

"The dispensers are just part of an effort to continue to keep our parks somewhat dog friendly," said Sandy parks and recreation superintendent Scott Earl.

Posted next to each dispenser is a sign reminding dog owners to be responsible and keep their pets on a leash - and warning violators of a possible $500 fine.

Earl calls the dispensers, which cost about $70 each, money well spent. In all, the city spent about $2,000 on the program.

Salt Lake City's recreation and parks department has posted similar "doggie bag" dispensers at designated "no-leash" areas in Memory Grove, Herman Frank Park and Jordan Park.

"I think it's a great idea," said Falcon Park regular Debbie Mayhew.

Each day, Mayhew walks her Rottweiler, Cinnamon. She always carries a leash in one hand and a plastic bag in the other.

"But it's nice to know bags are available for other dog owners," she said.

Sandy officials worried the dispensers would be vandalism targets, but Earl said there have been few problems to date.