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New Dog Park


LawnSite Silver Member
Morgantown, WV
Has anyone had any experience in design / layout of public dogparks? I was just asked to join the local committee tonight and aid in the planning and implementation of several facets of the park.Problem is, they want to open the park May 1, and ground has yet to be moved.A fellow contractor is volunteering machine time to do the grading and prep, and we will do the pathways/entry, and hydroseed the grass areas.We can get the grading and finished fill areas done in one day, so the dirt work is no problem.I have never visited a large public dog park, so I have nothing to hold it to in my mind other than what I THINK it should be.We are meeting at the site Thursday so I can get the grand scope of the project . I am designing the park benches as well.Has anyone had any direct experience with this type of venture in a larger city, and if so, how did you go about developing a traffic plan for an unknown site that may be the biggest hit in town or may be the biggest bomb?What seems to be the happy medium of turf / mulched / graveled areas per acre?Any input would be greatly appreciated.BTW- We are doing this Pro Bono/Gratis/Free, and after it is finished, the local Parks & Recreation Board will take over for the maintenance and upkeep of the park.Thanks.<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/16/16_2_102.gif' border=0></a>

hole in one lco

LawnSite Bronze Member
rocky river ohio
well from my experience from taking my dogs to the dog park every day. Plenty of seating , tables are a must fences, trash cans and lots of them.
As for the walk ways don't us gravel or mulch dogs will eat it go concrete

Lux Lawn

LawnSite Silver Member
Cleveland Ohio
Being a dog lover myself,I have 3 I think it is great you are spending your time doing this for free I wish I had some great advise for you but I don't.The only thing I can think of right now is make sure there are lots of little plastic bags hanging in clear sight for everybody to see then there is know excuse for not cleaning up after there dogs.


LawnSite Senior Member
The city of richmond has a dog park. It is an area mulch is applied to frequently.

There is too much compaction for grass and trees.

The straight nitrogen is also too much for plants.

The benches are against the inside of the fence and doggy bag
dispencers are in use. It is a 250.00 fine for not cleaning up your
pets droppings. Trash cans and regular maintence are a must.

The area is about 100'x100' with chain link fence around it.

I found this approved plan maybe you can get some ideas.