TUE, 16 JUN 2015 BY LINDA ROSADO
Dog parks provide a safe place for dogs to interact with other pups, play with new toys, run free and get their fair share of exercise. Having local access to a great dog park is a perk dog owners are willing to pay for, with many driving long distances just to reach their favorite parks. If your community is lacking a place your pups can get their paws dirty, why not team up with other pet parents in your neighborhood and create your own? Below are the first steps you need to take to build a dog park your dog is sure to wag their tail at!
ASSEMBLE A TEAM
A big endeavor calls for a big commitment, and having the right people by your side can make your park dreams a reality. You don’t have to be a park manager or landscape architect to design a great park (though that helps!), as long as you have a team you can count on. Whether you enlist your friends and close neighbors or put up signs around your community asking for more volunteers, gather an A-team of committed dog park activists ready to make a difference in your community and willing to put in the hours it’ll take to do so.
Next it’s time to get your vision out there by holding a community meeting to help spread the word about your intentions and gather interest and support. From community bulletin boards to signs in grocery stores, pet supply stores or animal hospitals, make sure your voice is heard and get your ideas in front of as many people as possible.
Let your community know how important cleanliness and safety are to you and how you plan to address these things at your dog park. Talk to a DOGIPOT distributor in your area on the best solutions for your proposed park’s needs and let your team and supporters know how you plan to use waste receptacles, DOGIPOT Pet Stations and Smart Litter Pick Up Bags to keep your park clean and safe for all.
FIND YOUR LOCATION
The perfect site for your dog park depends entirely on your vision, however you will need a safe, accessible lot as its foundation. This means high fences and sturdy gates, as well as plenty of shade and access to facilities for pet owners. Once you’ve found a lot that fits your needs, you can determine if you’ll have room to separate dogs by size, where you’ll need to install Pet Stations and what kind of equipment you will need for your four-legged guests.
DETERMINE THE NUMBERS
Building the perfect park requires a significant monetary backing, however there are a number of ways you can raise funds to break ground on your park. This can be done by accepting donations from community organizations and corporations or even setting up a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter or GoFundMe through which your neighbors can pledge funds. These are just the first steps in building the perfect park for your neighborhood pups. Please visit the American Kennel Club for a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to establish a dog park in your community.