Mt. Airy Dog Run
I support a dog run in East Mt. Airy!
Update! The first Mt. Airy Dog Run Community Meeting was held on September 13th and there was unified opposition to the dog run being located in Pleasant Playground. We've taken the park off the table as a location and are exploring other possibilities. Stay tuned!
There are thousands of dog owners in the neighborhood and the nearest fenced dog parks are in Wyncote and Roxborough.
The dog run would be enclosed by a fence and include an areas for small and large dogs to play off leash, "poop stations," covered trash receptacles, and a water fountain to serve both dog owners and basketball players, with a separate spigot and bowl for dogs.
Benefits of a Dog Run
- reclaims a neglected or abandoned space
- provides a safe place to exercise for dogs and humans
- promotes responsible dog ownership
- provides a space for dogs to socialize and learn to act safely around other dogs and people
- provides a space for dog owners to socialize too
- keeps unleashed dogs out of other parts of the community
- brings diversity to the location - people of different ages, backgrounds, interests
- helps keep the location populated and safe by positive usage
- builds community stewardship of the park
- adds a neighborhood asset as a common space
Potential Problems and Ways to Address Them
- Dog feces: Dog runs tend to build community and dog owners develop a sense of shared stewardship over the space. A dog waste bags and trash barrel are usually enough to facilitate a clean space. The dog run should help keep poop of of yards and sidewalks.
- Barking: Dogs will make intermittent noise, but clearly posted hours of operation should prevent most problems. Happy dogs bark less.
- Aggressive or dangerous dogs: Owners must be present and attentive. Most dogs are ecstatic to play with other dogs and are rarely aggressive.
Please sign and share the petition and stay tuned for progress on our neighborhood dog run!
***VOLUNTEER! Join the Mt. Airy Dog Run group to get involved: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/mt-airy-dog-run
Like and share our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/MtAiryDogRun
Contact Tom Quinn to get involved! email@example.com