South of South Dog Park
We, the citizens of South West Center City, Newbold, and Point Breeze, and the members of the South of South Dog Owners Group, respectfully petition the City of Philadelphia to designate a portion of Chew Park (located at 1800 Washington Ave.) as an off-leash dog park, to be funded and maintained in whole or in part by the South of South Dog Owners Group (an incorporated Pennsylvania non-profit organization).
As compared to other parts of the city, dog-friendly green space is sorely lacking in our neighborhood because the majority of publically accessible green space has been designated “dog free.” Adding a designated dog-friendly space in Chew Park will cure this problem and:
· promote economic development in the area, by encouraging dog owners to spend more leisure time and money in the neighborhood;
· improve public safety, by encouraging more foot traffic in and around Chew Park, especially in the evenings and on weekends; and
· promote responsible dog-ownership, by providing a legal and neighbor-maintained place for local dog owners to take their pets for exercise and socialization.