April 1, 2014
Imagine being able to unleash your dog and let her run to her heart’s content in a large, safe, fenced-in area just minutes from your home. No more tugging on the leash during walks around the block. No more guilt that your dog is not getting enough attention or exercise from your family. No more crazy jumping and misplaced energy, and think of all the shoes that will be saved because your dog is too happily exhausted to chew out of boredom.
What is a “dog park”?
A dog park is a fenced-in area for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owners. These parks have varying features, although they typically offer a 4’ to 6’ fence, separate double-gated entry and exit points, adequate drainage, benches for humans, shade for hot days, parking close to the site, water, tools to pick up and dispose of animal waste in covered trash cans, and regular maintenance and cleaning of the grounds. Dog parks may also offer wheel-chair access, a pond for swimming and a separate enclosure for small dogs. Dog park users are often charged an annual or daily fee, which provides the revenue to maintain the park in the future.
Why does Adams County need a Dog Park?
- Dog parks promote responsible pet ownership and the enforcement of dog-control laws by giving owners a place to exercise their animals without allowing their pets to roam free in their neighborhoods or violating leash laws.
- Dog parks give dogs a place to exercise safely, thus reducing barking and other problem behaviors, which helps reduce the number of owner-surrendered dogs to the shelter.
- Dog parks provide seniors and disabled owners with an accessible place to exercise their companions.
- Dog parks provide an area for community-building socializing.
- Dog parks promote tourism by giving dog-owners a place to exercise their dogs when traveling to Adams County. For many pet-owners, being able to take their dog along can be the deciding factor of how long they can stay away from home. If they can bring their pet along, they can stay in Adams County longer.
If you are interested in helping with the effort to create a dog park in our community, please contact Jessica Huxmann at (937) 217-1622, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.