There are so many benefits to having a dog park in your community! Dog parks provide a safe and secure place for dogs to run around and socialize, and they unite pet lovers in the community.
It’s a well-known fact that pets can help their humans create friendships and find social support! If this is something that you want to see more of in your community, follow these tips for planning and designing the perfect dog park.
Location, Location, Location
When planning a dog park, location is the first and most important consideration. Ideally, a dog park should be easily accessible but out of the way, such as off to the side of a building and toward the back of a community. This will help alleviate concerns for residents who don’t want this activity right outside their door.
Also, keep in mind that a dog park does not have to be on flat terrain. Unlike a playground or splash park that needs an even surface, a dog park can have a rough terrain or slope. This allows you to utilize pieces of land in your community that are just sitting there.
Fencing and Entrance
Every dog park must have fencing around the perimeter and an entrance area. Fences should be at least five feet high to prevent dogs from jumping over it. Entrances act as a buffer between the dog park and the rest of the area. To keep the dog park neat and tidy, we suggest having a leash holder up at the front, as well as a double gate system.
Dog Park Surfacing
Contrary to popular belief, grass does NOT make a good surface for a dog park. The constant running and playing from dogs will quickly tear this up, leaving exposed dirt that turns into muddy messes when it rains. Furthermore, dogs’ urine has a high level of nitrogen that will damage grass.
Save yourself the headache by choosing a different surfacing material such as artificial turf. Even though it will cost more upfront, it will involve far less maintenance and expense in the long run. Your dog park will always look clean and bright, regardless of the weather.
Signage and Amenities
Clearly display and enforce all rules at your dog park. There should also be contact information clearly posted in case someone needs to get a hold of you. These rules will protect your dog park and the people and pets who visit.
Aside from an open, secure space for dogs to run around and play, you should also add some amenities to make your dog park comfortable for all visitors. Have benches and seating, leash holders, waste removal and an available running water supply.
Cunningham Recreation has dog park equipment and individual agility pieces to accommodate all types of commercial dog parks no matter what size or budget you have to work with. Contact us today to learn more about our dog park equipment and accessories and how they can make your community a more desirable place to live!