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How to design a successful dog park in an urban environment.
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Pet-friendly communities
How to design a successful dog park in an urban environment.

Nearly 40 percent of households in the United States own at least one dog, according to the Humane Society. Because of this, dog parks are becoming increasingly popular. As urban areas continue to grow, more residents are requesting dog-friendly areas. With so many people looking to get outside and active with their pets, these spaces can easily become the most popular within your community.

Here are some helpful tips and considerations to make your pet-friendly space successful:

Choose the right location

It’s best to avoid building a dog park near schools or playgrounds to reduce any potential conflicts with small children. And fortunately, dog parks don’t need prime real estate. Tuck it away behind trees or a wall, or find a space that might not be used otherwise.

Use adequate fencing

You can’t have a dog park without good fencing. Fences should be at least five feet high and escape proof. Make sure the entrances are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.

Provide water

Water fountains are essential in any park, for the health of both dogs and people. You could also consider putting in dog wash stations or water spray features.

Establish community

Dog parks can be a place where dog owners come to meet neighbors and create social ties. Arrange your benches and park seating in a way that encourages interaction and conversations.

Keep it clean

Post clearly-stated rules for owners to pick up after their pets. Set out stations to dispense individual bags to give owners no excuse. Placing several smaller receptacles around the dog area will be easier on maintenance staff than larger ones.

Is the demand for dog parks growing in your community? Follow these tips to make your park a well-loved community space.

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