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Could a Dog Park be in Perry Hall's Future?

Residents are rallying for the creation of a dog park.

A few months back, in this very column, we explored the virtues of local dog parks. I am pleased to say that  has prompted conversations about a possible dog park in Perry Hall. Some residents and readers were so interested that a Facebook page was started and possible venues were discussed.

One pet owner in favor of a dog park in Perry Hall even entered the community in a contest to win funding for building and maintaining a dog park. The contest, sponsored by PetSafe, is called Bark For Your Park. Learn more about it and vote for Perry Hall on the website.

Clearly, folks in our community are passionate about this issue. Perhaps it is time for our elected officials to represent all of their constituents, including pet owners. 

With efforts to include an off-leash dog play area at Patterson Park moving forward, at least Perry Hall residents will soon not have to go to Harford County for the closest place to let their pooch romp.

As a transplant from Washington, D.C., there is one thing I know for sure about the Perry Hall area—it is full of pet lovers who enjoy taking their dogs out and about with them. It makes sense for this community to enjoy a dog park. 

Dog parks are a draw for any community seeking to attract families and responsible singles. Not only do they add a marketable recreational feature, they to help build safer communities where people are engaged, talk and know one another.    

Some off-leash dog parks have trees or shaded areas, others offer a sort of jungle gym for dogs. Some even have water features, but all that is really required is a securely fenced-in area where dogs can socialize, romp and play. Of course, park rules and guidelines help keep everyone safe and ensure the park remains a positive resource for the community. 

Community dog parks benefit people, dogs, neighbors and communities. The drawbacks are few and entirely manageable through good, sound planning.  

So what do you say, Perry Hall?  Is our community ready for a dog park?

To be part of the movement, visit the Perry Hall Dog Park Facebook page and connect with your neighbors and friends working to make this a reality.    

Lisa Geiger June 18, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Tammy - I'm very interested in knowing how your efforts progress. I've sent a request to join your Facebook group. As the Marketing Manager for THE AVENUE at White Marsh, I am very aware of how enjoyable it is for many of our guests to visit and dine where permissable with their dogs. Those with four-legged friends seem to be the happiest!!
Tammy Zaluzney June 18, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Thanks Lisa. I can not really claim this is as my effort. It seems to have a bit of a life of its own. I certainly support a dog park in Perry Hall and will help to that end, but what is really needed is to get the word out so that all of those happy people who enjoy their dogs on The Avenue will know about and support it. A steering committee might be the next step. As one of those people who enjoy going places and doing things with my dogs, I very much appreciate places like The Avenue. Just think how terrific it would be if folks could visit the dog park so their fury family member could get in a good romp then head over to The Avenue for some Al Fesca dinning or to simply enjoy a lovely evening with their happy, tired pet, content to just chill with them. That's good stuff.
Tim June 18, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Although I don't have a dog, I'd definitely approve of this kind of project.
Tammy Zaluzney June 18, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Thank you Tim. I am very glad you commented as Dog Parks are good for not only dogs and dog owners, but for neighborhoods and communities. Property values surrounding dogs parks tend to be higher. A dog park means fewer people break leash laws to allow their pet a bit of exercise as they have a designated, safe place expressly for this purpose. A dog park in Perry Hall really does make sense. Thanks for your support of this effort.
Nancy Jackson June 18, 2011 at 09:42 PM
A dog park is desperately needed in Perry Hall. For years, groups of dog owners have met clandestinely to let their dogs romp off leash at the high school, the middle school and Honeygo Park. We're taxpayers, too, and we shouldn't be forced to break the law to share a bit of recreation with our dogs.
Tammy Zaluzney June 18, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Absolutely Nancy and if the jump in folks on the FB group is any indication, we might just have the beginning of a movement to actually make it happen.
Tim June 20, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Exactly. Anyone who gives this any thought whatsoever will come to this realization. You just highlighted all of the benefits for dogless residents for me. Dog parks are a selling point, trust me, my wife and I have lived in areas in Richmond when we were younger that had dog parks. They become a social hub for folks who have the mutual bond of dog ownership. I'll go check out your facebook page later this evening about it.
Dennis Robinson,Jr. June 20, 2011 at 07:43 PM
I am pleased to report that the Perry Hall Improvement Association Executive Board voted to support efforts to evaluate possible locations for a "dog park" in Perry Hall to provide a place where dogs can play "off leash," provided that a suitable location can be identified and appropriate measures are taken to ensure the safety of residents and pets. Please let me know what the PHIA can do to assist with these efforts. Dennis M. Robinson, Jr. President, Perry Hall Improvement Association http://www.perryhallmaryland.org
Nate Hanco June 24, 2011 at 01:20 AM
What about turning the sad sad run-down parking lot at the White Marsh Mall into a dog park? There's plenty of room for one there, it's close to the Avenue... anyone else thing that would be a cool place?
Nate Hanco June 24, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Not the whole parking lot, btw. I just think about how every time I go by it's just a sea of empty asphalt. I'd rather see grass and people and dogs...

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