Give Your Feedback | Laurel Dog Park
Posted on: November 3, 2016
The City of Laurel is seeking public input to determine the level of interest in a dog park of its own. The input will be used to help identify and assess how to help dog lovers enjoy their fun-loving barking pets outdoors and to determine design options and recommendations.
“This survey, which takes only a couple minutes to complete, is a chance for residents and visitors to Laurel to take part in the planning process,” said Anicia Hill, Public Relations director. “The input from the general public will help the City better understand the level of interest and the results can assist efforts to bring a dog park to Laurel in the future.”
Dog parks, or off-leash dog areas, have quickly become a leading feature in communities and parks across the country. Although they have been around for almost three decades, dog parks are currently the fastest-growing segment of city/town parks. There are an estimated 1,200 dog parks in operation in the United States. Dog parks vary in size and design, but all provide a fun activity space with numerous benefits for dogs, their owners and the communities in which they live. Dog parks are a great addition to any open public space, as they encourage socialization between neighbors and their cherished pets. Most importantly,they provide a place where dogs can exercise and play freely with other dogs.
There are several benefits of a community dog park:
Allows dogs to exercise and socialize safely. Puppies and adult dogs need room to run, and enclosed play areas permit them to do so while preventing them from endangering themselves and others (for example, by running into the path of an oncoming vehicle). In addition, dogs who are accustomed to playing with animals and people other than their owners are more likely to be well socialized and react well toward strangers.
Promotes responsible dog ownership. Dog parks prevent off-leash animals from infringing on the rights of other community residents and park users such as joggers, small children, and those who may be fearful of dogs.
Provides an outlet for dog owners to socialize. Dog parks are a great place for owners to meet other people with common interests. The love people share for their dogs reaches beyond economic and social barriers and helps foster a sense of community. Park users also benefit from the opportunity to ask questions of other owners and find solutions to problems they might be having with their pet.