I was in the upper parking lot on Bristol St at Keene Creek Park yesterday, waiting for volunteers. There were several vehicles in the parking lot, including a California licensed truck and camper. As I waited, I watched a family with their dogs come from the dog park and go to their vehicle and another couple bring their dog to their vehicle. It was clearly a busy time at the dog park. Then coming up the path were two women and their three dogs. I watched them go to the California truck and load their dogs in their 2 large, shaded crates in the back of their truck.
I was curious and had time to kill so went over to talk with them. They were from California and were on an extended trip, cruising the country, visiting family and friends while looking for their next home. They had sold their home in southern California and were cruising the country to see where they wanted to live next. They had been traveling more than two months already. The place that they could s...
As I read Facebook posts and comments, send and receive various emails and communicate with people in the community about dog and dog park issues, I am reminded many times that, unlike in Vegas, what happens in the dog parks does not stay in the dog parks. It is easy to spread information through personal conversations, emails and social media.
This can be a good thing. When I had a short conversation with Mayor Emily Larson recently she said she had been hearing good things about the dog parks. I was very pleased that people had been commenting to her regarding their good experiences with our dog parks. Let this be a reminder to let your mayor and city administration, councilors, employees and commissioners know how much you enjoy and appreciate the Duluth Dog Parks. Every good word and comment helps with creating and keeping a good relationship with the City of Duluth. Without ongoing partnerships with the city, our Duluth Dog Parks would not exist. Every good word helps.
I made this statement at the Duluth Parks Commission meeting tonight.
"It gives me great pleasure to be able to officially announce that the new dog park in eastern Duluth is open.
It is located at 3567 Riley Road, off Jean Duluth Road. There are still a few things to finish like mowing a path and filling in some ruts. A Grand Opening will be scheduled for later this month. A name was submitted last September but has still not been reviewed.
Thank you to city staff for making the driveway and parking area, putting in the concrete for the entry and bench bases,installing the benches and providing trash cans and garbage pick up.
Thank you to dog park supporters who donated money that paid for the fence materials, signs, bag containers and benches.
Thank you for the $4000 parks fund grant that helped pay for expenses.
Thank you to the 40 volunteers who have put in over 1,300 hours physically building the dog park which greatly decreased the cost to build this dog park.
Short answer: Whenever it is fully fenced. When it is fully fenced depends on when we have enough volunteers to help get it finished. We have 400 feet of chain link fence fabric installed and 1400 feet remain.
Long answer: The City of Duluth does not build our dog parks. They are planned, funded and built primarily through volunteer efforts. When the eastern dog park was approved we planned to put up less expensive woven field fencing since chain link fencing is so expensive. We simply did not have the money or desire to fund raise for the approximately $60,000 it would cost to put up 1800 feet of fencing for the perimeter, entry, walk through gates and service gates.
We had to wait until the driveway and gravel parking area was completed before we could start the fencing project. While that was happening we were offered several thousand feet of heavy commercial grade chain link fencing from the new owner of the Morgan Park High School. The down side was...
I recently picked up the 2016 Official Visitor Guide for Duluth. This promotional magazine is printed and distributed by Visit Duluth and is available at hotels, public locations, and any place where people might pick them up to see what to do in Duluth. They would also be available at the many events and trade shows where Duluth is promoted.
I was thrilled to see the HUGE shout out to the dog parks. "Visit one of over 130 parks in the city, including two fenced-in off-leash dog parks."
We have been working for years to get more recognition of the value of dog parks to residents of Duluth and people from nearby towns who lack a dog park in their home town. We have also been trying to educate about the value and attraction to the many tourists who travel with their dogs. We have been working with Visit Duluth and the City of Duluth to get accurate info on their websites. They now link to this website so that we can provide accurate and detailed information to pe...
Something remarkable has happened for dog parks in Duluth. Not once, but twice in eight days, city of Duluth mini master plans for individual parks included dog parks.
This has never, ever happened before to my knowledge. The need/desire for dog parks has been mentioned in general in parks master plans. But until February 2016 no actual park plan included dog parks.
Our current and in-construction dog parks have all happened through a very time consuming, labor and meeting intensive process all facilitated and pushed by dog park volunteers. It has taken an incredible effort by volunteers to get them approved, funded and built.
On February 4 during the small parks open house the Piedmont Park draft mini master plan included having a dog park in the hockey rink in the summer. Two Harbors has had a very successful summer dog park using a hockey rink and there are several others in the Twin Cities. On February 11 the Quarry Park draft mini master plan included...
We have added a new resources tab to our web site. The goal is to provide information that will help visitors to Duluth with their dog needs when planning their trip to Duluth.
We have just added dog friendly hotels with information on the number of dogs and size of dogs they allow, any additional non refundable fees and if they have a limited number of pet friendly rooms. You will need to confirm any information before you book since information can change. Hopefully this information will help in hotel planning.
I also want to add information on what to do if you are visiting and have a pet emergency as well as doggie day care options in case visitors want to do an activity without their dog while in Duluth. Outdoor dining with your dog and other resources in Duluth are linked to the resources information at A Place for Fido's web page.
We hope this additional information will make visiting Duluth with your furry family easier and more pleasant.
Here is a list of some things you can do to help the dog parks. The vast majority cost no money and most take very little time.
Pick up your dogs poop.
Bring bags to put in the crates.
Bring a shovel and clear the entry in the winter.
Pick up other dogs poop.
If someone is doing work at the park, thank them.
If someone is doing work at the park, offer to help them.
Bring water for your dog.
Bring water for any dog.
Take a walk around the perimeter of the park and pick up all the poop you find.
Write an email when there is a notice that emails are needed to benefit the dog parks.
Donate money to the dog park fund by donating on this website.
Buy a shirt.
Donate things you no longer need to the next rummage sale.
Buy something at the next rummage sale.
Help with dog park improvement and building projects when the request goes out. No experience is required. No tools are required. We have had people helping with a wide range of physical limitations who have been able to help out....
There is no charge to use the Duluth Dog Parks. It isn't that way everywhere though. It is quite common to have a fee to use dog parks. Often the price is $30-$50 per year or $3-5 per day to use the dog park. There are a variety of ways that the fee is monitored to make sure users pay the fee.
Duluth dog parks require no fee to use them, which is great. However since the City also does not support them financially there is a problem. We must rely on grant writing, donations and fund raising to build and maintain the parks. Since we have no formal organization it falls on a very small number of people to organize fund raisers to keep our dog parks maintained. We have had a donation option on this Duluth Dog Park website for months and there hasn't been a single person who has been willing to make a donation to support the dog parks.
There are upcoming issues at all of the parks. This includes the desire for water at Keene which...