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Perry Hall Dog Park at Honeygo Gains Approval

Pending fundraising efforts, Baltimore County's third dog park will be located at Honeygo Run Regional Park along Honeygo Boulevard.

 

Perry Hall's first-ever could be completed this year.

After months of uncertainty, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks has confirmed that a dog park will be permitted at , announced.

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A grassroots movement to construct a Perry Hall dog park started in April 2011 when Patch pet columnist wrote about .

After commenters asked if a dog park could ever be constructed in Perry Hall, she started the Perry Hall Dog Park Facebook group.

The proposed quickly gained among community members, county and state elected officials and the Perry Hall Improvement Association.

In August, Marks Zaluzney to a task force to work toward the park's construction. A series of meetings was held between the task force and county officials.

The county currently operates two dog parks, B.A.R.C. Park at Hannah More Park in Reisterstown and Paw Point at Robert E. Lee Park in Ruxton.

The Perry Hall proposal was met by some resistance, including some county officials who were concerned about adequate parking at the Honeygo park. Alternate locations, included one in Kingsville, were suggested to host the park, Marks said. 

But the Honeygo park continued to be considered an "ideal location," Zaluzney said. Parts of Honeygo park, located along Honeygo Boulevard, have already become informal play areas for dogs.

The dog park will be located in a small field, isolated from the athletic fields and picnic pavilions, on the eastern edge of the park, Marks said.

Zaluzney referred to Perry Hall's proposed dog park as the "Perry Paws Family Dog Park."

"Dog parks add to the quality of life in the communities in which they exist and we look forward to Perry Hall and the surrounding areas being enhanced and enriched by this project," she stated.

Zaluzney emphasized that tax dollars will not be used toward the construction of the park, which will require fencing and signage. 

"We are looking forward to working with local businesses and individuals to raise the funds needed to build the dog park as no county funds will be used," she said.

At Marks' request, the developer of the planned in Perry Hall is already expected to make a $5,000 donation toward the dog park project.

Marks thanked state officials who represent Perry Hall for their support of the project—senators Kathy Klausmeier and J.B. Jennings and delegates Joe Boteler, John Cluster, Kathy Szeliga and Eric Bromwell.

Marks also recognized the PHIA, the , the White Marsh Recreation Council and the Northgate Hall Homeowners Association for supporting the proposed park.

Zaluzney thanked Marks for being a "catalyst in this effort from the beginning and through his tireless work for the community."

In separate statements, Zaluzney, Marks and Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., president of the PHIA, also thanked officials with the county Department of Recreation and Parks and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for their support.

"We think the dog park will provide a wonderful place for Perry Hall residents and their furry family members to enjoy the outdoors together," Robinson stated.

Would you bring your dog to a dog park? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

Tim March 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Awesome, and well done Tammy. This is an excellent idea, and thanks again to Councilman Marks for aggressively assisting in getting this done.
Stacey Schantz March 05, 2012 at 02:39 PM
You're going to have a lot of happy pet owners with this news!!!
Shannon Anoia March 05, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Tammy - I am a local pet business owner and would love to help out with this park. Let me know what we can do! I have so many clients who will be thrilled with this news. Shannon Anoia See Spot Run Pet Services www.seespotrunonline.com contactus@seespotrunonline.com
James Crayton March 05, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Tammy: Ditto to the comments above. Please post where one can donate $ for the building of the park. Where to send the checks, and made out to who? As taxpayers who have only realized the expensive fields being built for use by private groups, or by permits only, we have petitioned and sent numerous emals to our elected officials, and would like to thank you and especially Mr. Mark's, for getting this done. Jim
Patty Gavrilis March 05, 2012 at 03:42 PM
YEAH!!! My dog would love to be part of a play group where he can run off-leash with his canine buddies!
Marje Lentz March 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Yes. my dog will love Honeygo Park as much as my grand children
Jeanne March 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
This is great!!!!! I have been asking for a dog park since they open the Honeygo park, great job to the people who got it done and thank you. My Lab will love to run outside in the dog park. He loves the Petsmart day camp but outside is better. I pay taxes and I have no problem with some of my taxes going towards this park, it's a good use of money.
Kris March 05, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I think we should invest the money back into the nuclear power plant.
Tammy Zaluzney March 05, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Thanks for the terrific article about the dog park. This is a very exciting project and one many here in Perry Hall and the surrounding areas have expressed a great desire to see completed. While we have much work ahead of us, I would like to thank the members of the Dog Park Task Force, Dennis Eckerd, Vicki Rummel, Jason Danaher, Shelley Silwick, Valerie Donalson, Dennis Hoover, David Roberts, Doug & Pat Single, Lisa Geiger and Dave Crocket as well as everyone who wrote letters, made phones or voiced their support in any way. I would also like to express sincere thanks to our Councilman, David Marks, who has been on board from the beginning, appointed the task force and has worked tirelessly toward the addition of a dog park in Perry Hall. Mr. Marks immediately saw the potential of a dog park as a way to enhance the quality of life in the community, while not costing any tax funds. He truly has been the catalyst and we are very fortunate to have him in our corner. Jim & Shannon, thank you so much for your support. We are in the process of incorporating as a non-profit so that we can offer a tax benefit to those who donate. Jim, I have your info and Shannon I will grab your's from here and be in touch with you both very soon. Thanks again to everyone for your support.
Evets March 05, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Great - maybe now my kids and I can actually use the rest of the park without stepping in the dog s**t that these dog lovers leave pretty much everywhere, especially along the side of the paved walking trail. We have learned that one should never visit this park unless you have a wire brush and a change of shoes in the trunk, and never take your eyes off the of the ground in front of you. BTW, I already have a privately funded dog park, aka a backyard with a fence.
JCG March 06, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Is there going to be a fence to contain the animals ?? If not, what's to keep the animals from bothering people on the walkway-bikeway. I'm avid bicyclist and sometimes use that bikeway. We know that alot of dogs like to chase bikes.
MFM610 March 06, 2012 at 03:34 PM
That's the whole point of a dog park- a fenced area where dogs can run/play off leash.
Kris March 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM
What a bunch of whiners. I hope you both step in a big pile today.
Kit Major March 09, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Sincere 'Thank you' to all who helped this come about. Where do we send our checks?? What a wonderful idea.
Steve Moran March 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
This is great news. My two Bostons are very excited. Thanks to all who are responsible for getting this done. Steve Moran
DS March 09, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Will there be a Barking lot too?
Patrick C March 19, 2012 at 02:20 AM
The article said it would be in the far east corner of the park. To the people hating on this amazing, fun, new addition coming - just stay away from that corner. How's that? And to the people that say they already have a 'private dog park,' aka their fenced backyard, you clearly don't understand the importance of having your dog socialize with other dogs. Thanks to everyone that's making this possible already. Please let us all know how we can help further!
Lois April 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
It's obvious you are not a compassionate person. I have been walking my dogs at Honeygo for the past 7 yrs and some of the nicest people are the ones who own dogs.
Tim April 19, 2012 at 09:23 PM
They wouldn't be if their owners actually followed the law (and common decency) by picking up after their own dogs. As we ALL know though, this is not ingrained in our society. My wife and I have probably busted 5 people in the last year. "Oh hey, noticed your dog dropped a duece on our property - did you need a plastic bag to pick that up? We've got plenty inside the house for you..." The look on the faces of people - acting like inconsiderate jerks and busted for it - it's priceless.
Tim April 19, 2012 at 09:24 PM
ha!
Paul Amirault April 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Fundraising details here. http://perryhall.patch.com/articles/fundraising-for-perry-hall-dog-park-underway
Kim April 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
read the article...
Murph June 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM
My wife and I would like to donate some money to help with the formation of the park in memory of our Dachshund Griffey who passed away recently.
Joan Peach July 15, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I heard there is a chocolate lab group that meets there onSunday mornings? Any info on that?

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