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Should Dexter Have a Dog Park?

Dexter Village Parks & Recreation Commission seeks public feedback on a possible dog park.

The Village of Dexter wants your feedback.

Officials with the Parks and Recreation Department posted a question on the village's Facebook page this week to gauge public interest in a fenced in off-leash dog area possibly on Dan Hoey Road. The village is inviting residents to post comments and provide additional feedback.

Heather Meloche wrote, "I would love that."

The comments were echoed by Amy Vimawala, who wrote, "Many people walk their dogs and take them off leash on the schools campus. This would be a great and safer alternative!"

Mike Cipolla wrote, "This is a great idea. I have used these parks in the past. Wonderful way to bring dog lovers together."

What's your opinion? Would you like to see a dog park in Dexter? Leave us a comment.

susan cramer February 22, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Many of us who brave the elements no matter what the weather would LOVE a designated area to let our dogs really get rid of excess energy by RUNNING. Even though walking on a leash is certainly better than nothing...dogs need to RUN. The dog parks in Ann Arbor have figured out how to do it safely. Now it's our turn. Please, please say yes to this. Of course, an area with trees, shade and more interesting terrain than a boring grassy yard would be over the top, we'll take what we can get. Thanks for even opening it to discussion!!!
Ron February 22, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Why not they spent $1,000,000 mostly somebody else's money on a swamp.
Dexter resident February 22, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Unless the funds are being provided by a source other than Village taxpayers I would be opposed. I am a dog owner and don't feel that it's right to spend tax dollars on something that will benefit a small group of residents. Would this be available to Dexter residents only? Will those of us who don't use Facebook have a venue to comment? A private dog park is a better idea. A much larger problem that needs to be addressed is the poor conditions of our streets!
Ruth Hamilton February 22, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Yes, yes, yes.
Marilyn Wilkie February 22, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Mr. AlrightyThen...please back up your statement with facts. "Too many people take their untrained dog to a park resulting in nasty dog fights, injuries, and lawsuits" Dog parks are great for dogs that are never able to get off leash. They can be self-policed by the users who don't want a good thing ruined. Unfortunately the misinformation will probably win out here.
Lindsay Collins February 22, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Yes, I would be interested in a dog park in Dexter.
Mary Westhoff February 22, 2013 at 06:12 PM
The first message from "Almighty" is very pertinent. I am a dog-lover, dog-owner and instructor at Ann Arbor Dog Training Club. The risks of opening a park to all comers, with no supervision or over-sight is very risky. If there is no way to screen the dogs and owners there will almost certainly be fights and injuries to dogs and humans. This needs to be very carefully thought and planned out before a decision is made.
Rob D'Oria February 22, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I think the concern over fights, injuries to dogs & humans, and liability for the Village are valid to some extent, but I don't think that concern is a reason to not pursue this. I think you can significantly reduce the chances of that becoming an widespread, ongoing problem through education. I've seen municipalities partner with local humane societies, dog trainers, and even pet stores to have monitored/supervised "orientation days" where folks bringing their dogs to the park for the first time can familarize themselves and their dog(s) with the surroundings and see how they react. It's a small thing that would not cost the Village much, if anything, to implement and it would go a long way in ensuring that owners and their dog(s) are able to enjoy the park without incident. We think a dog park would be great...hopefully folks won't be scared of the 100 lb. American Bulldog mix running in their direction.
Daniel Lai February 22, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I really appreciate all the time and feedback people have been posting on stories like this. Not only does Patch help you communicate with community leaders, it's a great way to share ideas with neighbors.
Marilyn Wilkie February 22, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Ann Arbor has several dog parks. If Almighty is right, then I would think they would be closing them down due to liability. They aren't. They are proposing more. It's nice that he has counted up the number of dog parks he has visited. Perhaps he was writing a book or a guide? Silly.
Mary E. Robinson February 22, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Washtenaw County Parks have a dog park which must be maintained daily. They have two fenced areas for large and small dogs. The fencing had to be reinforced recently ie.dug down extra fencing 2-3 feet as the small dogs can escape under the fence where no hole exists. Ed Holley the Superintendent of Maintenance for the parks would be an expert to call about the pros and cons with a facility of this nature.and the cost to maintain it. Also there needs to be training for the staff who will be working inside the fencing regarding how to behave around strange dogs.
Julie Mueller February 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I would love to have a dog park within walking distance of my home, it is somewhat of a pain to drive to Pinckney or Ann Arbor to let my dog play & run with others.
Lois Kapp-Ehnis February 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Absolutely! They are very social and need the excerise to be happy too! Gives us a chance to be social and active as well!! Great idea! People have parks why not dogs too!!

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