I’ve been asked a few times by Philly Dog readers for information on how to build a dog park. Ah, the dog park. I love going to the dog park – more for my own socialization than for my dog’s. And, due to Dash’s misbehavior in the dog park we have stopped going altogether. Love them or hate them, dog parks are a way to bring your local dog-loving community together and one way to ensure you’ll have a very tired dog.
But if your community doesn’t have a dog park and you are interested in getting one, where do you even begin? Marilynn R. Glasser, author of “Dog Park Design, Development, and Operation” provides a step-by-step process that is easy to understand and offers wise words of wisdom to help you avoid common problems. The primary purpose of the book is to show you how to create a safe, off-leash, outdoor play space for the dogs in your community.
Why Build a Dog Park?
The first chapter discusses the benefits of having a dog park in your community – some of which never occurred to me. For example, dog parks are a great way for elderly dog owners to make sure that their dogs are getting enough exercise. Makes senses – many of the elderly dog owners can’t physically handle long dog walks. But she also addresses a lot of the concerns raised by naysayers (whether it’s about noise pollution from all of the barking, maintenance, legal concerns, etc.) in the second chapter. Each concern and argument is broken down and a great, sensible counter-response is provided.
How to Plan to Build Your Dog Park
But the book doesn’t stop there – there is even a section entirely dedicated to all of the things you need to take into consideration when building a dog park. From municipal laws, financial support, accessibility under the A.D.A., sight lines, access to water, and even more. I never realized how much goes into not only building the park, but the actual plans you need in place prior to ever breaking ground. All of the various components that must be considered are discussed – surfacing options, fences, parking, neighbors, waste bag stations, trash cans, first aid, benches, water stations, and so on.
I was also extremely impressed by how thorough “Dog Park Design, Development, and Organization” was on the topic of actually building a dog park. It’s complete with plenty of pictures, examples, rules to consider, and war stories. There’s even a checklist in the back of the book to make sure all of the bases are covered. And what I like most about the book is that it is well-written in a simple, easily understandable format. It’s not overly technical or full of jargon – it’s written for the average dog member who just wants to build a dog park in their community.
You can purchase a paperback copy of the book on Amazon.com and on the publisher’s website, HumanKinetics.com, for $29.99. Ebook and Kindle version are also available.
I was provided a free copy of the book “Dog Park Design, Development, and Operation,” by Marilynn R. Glasser, to write this review. The opinions are my own and no other monetary compensation was provided.