Design and placement meet national standards
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (January 15, 2018) – Though having a dog park is new to Lansing, the concept has been around long enough to warrant research such as that done by the Park Advisory Commission Dog Park Subcommittee of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2014 they released a 31-page document detailing their recommendations for a new dog park in Ann Arbor. As it turns out, their findings confirm that the Lan-Oak Park District is on the right track with their dog park plans for Lansing.
For example, the Ann Arbor study recommends that a dog park be at least a half acre in size. Lansing’s dog park will be a full acre.
The Ann Arbor study considers it “crucial” to provide a buffer between the dog park and any residential homes. Lan-Oak Park District specifically located the new dog park on the side of Bock Park farthest from the homes along Lorenz Avenue.
Lansing’s dog park will have accessible water (for dogs and humans), plenty of parking, and adequate shade—all features recommended in the study.
Even the design details of Lansing’s dog park are in alignment with the study’s best practices:
- Fencing will be four feet high.
- Landscaping will provide aesthetic benefits as well as help reduce noise.
- The entrance area will allow dog owners to safely unleash their dogs before releasing them into the main dog park.
- A separate area for small dogs will help prevent stress and accidents.
- Clearly posted signs will inform dog owners of the rules, hours, and requirements for entry.
- Trash containers and waste removal bag holders will help dog owners maintain the cleanliness of the park.
- Benches will allow dog owners to rest and socialize in the dog park area.
Before they can finalize the dog park budget, the Park Board is waiting for answers from the Village about existing ordinances, permit fees, and the existing water source. With that information in place, and with no spring weather surprises, plans are to break ground for Lansing’s dog park by April 1.