Apr 19, 2008, 2:22 PM
Post #24 of 30
Some recommended elements for a good dog park include:
Re: [all] Plan to suggest a Dog Friendly Park in Subang Jaya
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- A minimum area of 8,000 square feet enclosure, though bigger is preferable
- Posted rules - recommend no kids under 10 in the dog park
- A double gated entry to prevent escapes
- A safely fenced perimeter
- Turf is not ideal surfacing for the entire dog park. Consider decomposed granite, gravel, sand, and tougher native grasses and plants. A good idea is to adjoin 2 or 3 smaller irrigated turf lawns along an edge of the dog park to be used for frisbee etc. that can be closed off by maintenance staff in a crop rotation pattern so they won't become a mud pit from overuse.
- Shade for the humans to stand or sit in
- Benches and tables, Plastic lawn chairs (See Valmont Dog Park in Boulder, CO)
- Waste pickup stations with baggies.
- Trash cans on the outside of the perimeter fence that people can toss the poop bags into over the fence (See Stapleton Dog Park in Denver, CO).
- A swim area with pond or pool. Ideally this area is separately fenced to allow owners to decide if they will let their dog get wet.
- Hills, mounds, or follies that dogs can run up and down and play on to wear themselves out (See Earthdogs doggie daycare in Denver, CO).
- A water spiggot wth bowl, or a flushable water bowl system.
- A loop path in the dog park between 1/4 mile in length up to 2 or 3 miles depending on available space so people can also get walking exercise while their dog frolics.
- Paved or gravel area leading up to and around entry gate.
- Gravel or paved 'warning track' around inside of fence perimeter where dogs will naturally wear away any other surfacing (such as turf).
- Trees, with sturdy 4' fencing to protect them from urine etc. (See Community Dog Park in Louisville, CO by Design Concepts firm).
- Coat and leash rack by gate(s).
- In cold, wet, or snowy climates: shelter for people and evening lighting for winter use. Glass bus shelters with benches inside are popular, (or old decommissioned buses/trollies themselves with their doors locked at night. No vagabond could go unnoticed- or undrooled on- for long in a popular dog park, rules posting 2 hour visit limits can also be posted) to provide a shelter from weather from which owners can still supervise their dogs.
- Tennis ball bucket or place to leave balls (See off leash park in Arvada, CO).
-An "ice hockey players bench' with gate for elderly people to hangout in without fear of getting knocked over by rowdy dogs
-A small/shy dog area for these dogs to play peacefully away from the hullaballo
-A small 6 x 8 fenced timeout out/penalty box for overexcited dogs or dogs who need to be contained for any reason (aggression, bleeding, turns out they are in heat, etc.)
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