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What is a dog park?
Simply stated, a dogpark is a place where people and their dogs can play together. As the name implies, these places offer dogs off-leash play areas while their people enjoy the park-like setting. Amenities, such as fencing, water, parking, and even grass, vary greatly among these places, but 'off-leash’ and ‘park’ are the key elements that dog owners desire. The ability to share activities with canine family members at a dogpark is important, and increasingly recognized by cities nationwide. For some dog owners, a dogpark may provide the only opportunity for owners to socialize with other people and their dogs. Persons with limited mobility, such as elderly and disabled dog owners, deserve to have their taxpayer dollars used towards a safe, accessible place where they can meet other people and exercise their dogs. For many people, visiting a dogpark is a primary source of recreation.

What are the benefits of a community dog park?

  • Socializes and exercises dogs in a safe environment
  • Promotes responsible pet ownership
  • Enables dogs to legally run off-leash
  • Promotes public health and safety
  • Provides a valuable tool for realistic enforcement of dog control laws
  • Provides elderly and disabled owners with an accessible place to exercise their companions

What does the ideal dog park consist of?

  • Up to one acre or more surrounded by a 4' to 6' fence
  • Shade and water
  • Adequate drainage
  • Parking close to site
  • Covered garbage cans with regular trash removal
  • Pooper scooper stations
  • Benches
  • Wheel chair access
  • Safe location, not isolated
  • Regular maintenance

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