I agree with Brit. Organize and mobilize. Dog parks in the area are few and far between so we should work on improving what we've got. Trees are pretty cheap and there are enough dog lovers around to take up a kitty (no pun intended).
I recently moved from Arizona where there is a dog park about every few miles and a really nice one about every ten. After reading these statements and finding that in the entire area this is one of the only fenced parks, why not try to improve it. do some fundraisers or something, and get the funds to put in double gates, partitions, benches and either some trees or shades to sit under, and maybe a few basic agility obstacles. I don't see why if we made it better, safer the whole community wouldn't start using it! if interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org thanks. Brit.
I took my dogs to the park again today and was very very saddened by the amount of people who are not picking up after their dogs. I honestly could not walk more than ten feet without seeing droppings. I don't understand this as they supply us with baggies. All it takes is a moment.
We had a great time as well as our dogs! It's nice and open, unfortunetly no shade or water. There were about 5 other dogs and all of them had a blast playing.
This was my third visit to the park and as it is winter, there are of course no complaints about the lack of shade, I may feel differently in July. We had a great time. I made two new friends and my dogs did too. I got some great pictures of the dogs running and playing so if the owners of Zeke and Sage. (There was a car with two boxers that drove by and decided not to stay and play. I hope next time they will come in and enjoy the fun. My dogs are still fast asleep from their adventure. Thanks Roy City, for making this place available.
If we get enought interest, I don't see why we couldn't develope our own private Park. Anybody have any thoughts on that?
My wife and I recently moved from Maryland where we enjoyed high quality dog parks. We were VERY disappointed in the obviously poorly planned Roy "dog park." Whoever planned this park showed a remarkably high level of ignorance on what truly constitutes a minimally functional dog park. The minimum requirements to make a good dog park are: Double gates to create safety airlocks, secure fencing to eliminate gaps underneath, partitioned areas for segregating small and large dogs, and well-drained land with no obstructions or openings that present as potential hazards to pets. Roy dog park fails on all of these minimum standards. I concur with Bill and Lian, these dangerous deficiencies need to be remedied before anyone is permitted to unwittingly risk their canines to such a sorry excuse for a dog park.
Bill and Lian, I agree with you 100%. I have been to this park once and have never returned. My impressions and concerns were the exact same ones as yours. In addition, the large grated drainage outlet will be dangerous during times of snow, when it will be less visible, and the dogs could seriously injure themselves by trapping a leg in it. The mud holes are very special, too. On the positive side, it is a nice, open area for a dog to go run his guts out! I don't think the benefits of this "dog park" outweigh the risks to our dogs.
While the idea of a dog park in roy is wonderful, and appreciated,we have to warn users of some potentially deadly problems.
1. There are three gates, any of which are often open when users arrive.
2. The main entrance gate is not double gated design. Therefore when new visitors arrive, a risk of visiting dogs getting out of the enclosure is very high.
3. This is the worst! There are dozens of lengths of fence that do not reach the ground; thereby offering dogs ample opportunity to slither under and escape the area. These gaps are huge. Our 76 pound Treeing Walker went right under the fence when a nieghbpr's dog appeared on the other side of the fence. Luckily we were able to get her back before she was hit by a vehicle.
OVERALL: TWO THUMBS AND TWO DEW CLAWS DOWN ON THIS DOG PARK UNTIL THESE DANGEROUS DEFICIENCIES ARE CORRECTED!
The "Dog Park" is a fenced drainage pond with no shade or seating. While there is a walking trail around the raised exterior of the drainage area, you really have to plan on when you go to the park. If you go during the wrong time of the day, it's just too hot for you and your dog). If it has rained at all in the last couple days, consider your dog will likely not stay on the trail and will become extremely muddy. Bascially, plan carefully around what time of day you go and what the weather has been like. Be sure to bring your own water.
At most we've been there with 2 or 3 other dogs at a time, so it is far from crowded.
I appreciate finally having somewhere local to take our dogs to run, however, it doesn't have much to offer and you just need to be aware of the weather around the time/day you go.
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