Monday, July 14, 2014

Dog Park Update

We need to catch you up on a few things.  First of all, last Tuesday night, our mayor made the Dog Park Committee official!  He formally established it and the city council voted on it!  The first meeting is planned for the 22nd!  And I think I already told you that mom was . . .
The other thing is that mom and dad met the city worker at the dog park on Friday so they could inspect the fence line.  Since the fence was not installed with animals in mind, mom wanted to make sure there were no escape routes.  Oh, it is a VERY good thing they decided to do an inspection!  Let's just say the committee won't run out of things to do for some time!


This is what it looks like.  It is just under 7 acres.  BUTT, see the line that looks like an upside down "L"?  That actually is a canal!  The photo doesn't show it but there is a steep berm that must be crossed then on the opposite side is the canal.  The city said they'd slope the walls so no doggies got stuck in it.  There usually isn't much water in it cuz it hardly ever rains here but in the spring it might have a lot of water in it for a few days.  Anyway, the play area is actually just the center area, about 3 acres.  BUTT that is 3 acres more than we have now!  Mom says there are things that must be done to get it ready and then other things as improvements.  The committee needs to get this planned out so the mayor can report back to the council and they can vote on it in August.

It's pretty easy to see that we have gate problems.  Not only are there no double gates, but the single gates have huge gaps in them.


Fences need mended.


This is the canal.  So you have to come up over the berm and canal is on opposite side.  The berm is higher than this photo shows so it is a bit of an obstruction to the canal in itself.  But there are hazards for sure!

And to complicate matters, the area will still function as a retention basin.  In another state that might make it useless but in our dry state it TYPICALLY would only be an issue a couple days every year.  So it isn't a big deal but anything put in the park will have to deal with the possibility of being submerged.

Mom says it will be a challenge but she's going to work her hardest to give me and Stanley a local place to play!

UPDATE:  On Sunday, there was a BIG article in the newspaper about our dog park!

Murphy & Stanley

23 comments:

  1. We think it's pawsome you are gonna have a dog park.

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  2. BRAVO BRAVO MURPHY AND STANLEY!! YOUR MOM IS OFFICIALLY VOTED THE BESTEST MOM. WHAT A WONDERFUL THING FOR HER TO DO FOR YOU TWO AND ALL YOUR K9 BUDDIES AND BUDETTES! WE CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE THE IMPROVED PARK.
    HUGS MADI YOUR BFFF

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  3. We agree Bravo Bravo to your Mom - you are going to have a dog park in no time. That looks like a wonderful place ......and heres an idea - have a 'donate a tree' day - get people to come along to the park - maybe have a barbeque or something and ask them to donate a tree......that way you will have a shady park too :)

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  4. Hari OM
    Yes, an issue or two but nothing gained without that tweak of pain and I can see this going to be an absolutely super-duper place to play!!! WWOOOOOOHHHOOOOOOOOO.... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  5. It's great to see how a dream becomes reality. It's fabulous to watch the progress. I know there are a lot of things what need work, but I'm sure with your mom on the chair, you will get the bestest dog park ever!

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  6. Wow, that's so exciting! Your momma is doing grreat work.

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  7. Note to self, double gates and narrow space in between.

    I'm glad your pawrents are in the committee!

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  8. Hey Doods!
    Wow, this is a super step toward a super park! I bet your Mom will do a wonderful job and they definitely have some work to do. It will be so fun to watch the progress on this!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Pol Comm

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  9. Your mom rocks, doing all this work to give you both and your pals a cool place to play. It looks great!

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  10. Wow 3 or 7 acres..is wow!!!! We wouldn't nose what to do with that amount of yard to run in! Your momma is the best, and I know all the doggies are gonna appreciate everything she is doing.
    stella rose

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  11. If anyone can make that dog park into a Dog Park it is your mom! I am so excited for you and your town. A dog park is a great idea!

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  12. That is fantastic! It is great to see that things are progressing! And that's going to be a great place for your K-9 Kannon!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

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  13. DOOOOOOOODS this is all SO exciting... YES fur SURE you need Sally Ports at every gate.
    Butt just think.... THREE full ACRES... AKA FootBALL fields... to Safely RUN and Play in. OMD Doods it is gonna be SPECTACULAR. We are VERY much proud of your MOM the mostest.... ROCKIN' of CHAIRS Pawsible. hehehehe Get it??? ROCKIN' CHAIR... your mom will ROCK as the CHAIR of the Committee.

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  14. I am sure your Mom will be able to whip it into shape in no time. I have a free dog park and two dog parks that cost money. The free one sits by Lunken Airport and gets flooded went the Little Miami is out of its banks. The one that cost a lot of money has a big screen television and wadding pools and a lot of extras, I have never been there.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  15. At least you've got a place get started. We think that canal has possibilities as a pond.....something to get muddy in. Lots of work, but we KNOW your mum will get it done.

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  16. Well a big congrats is in order, at least its a start, fine the peep that put that gate in, FIRE HIM, we could do better then that for doggies sake!

    The Mad Pirate Scots

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  17. Lots of work, but lots of potential there! We know your mom is going to be the bestest chairwoman to get this project done!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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  18. the park is making such pawsome progress! concats to your mom for all the work she is doing for you Doods and your community :)

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

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  19. So glad your dog park are movin forward!

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  20. WooooHoooo!!!! OMD! That is FABulous!!! Three acres is a lot of room to do zoomies and chase balls and make LOTS of furiends!! Can you imagine throwin' our spikey balls in there??!! OMD!! I'm feelin' a little faint just thinkin' abouts it....
    Congrats to your Moms, and I can't wait to see the newspaper article!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥
    Cherry Bomb!

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  21. We're sure your mom will be an excellent leader for your new dog park. Keep up the good work mom.

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  22. Yay! That is pawsome news. Way to go you two and your Mom!

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  23. Dear Stanley and Murphy,

    That is fantastic news! Dog Parks are very happy things. Congratulations!

    Licks,
    Cobi

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