An estimated 40% of American households have at least one canine family member. Until recently however, little, if any, public space, park land, or recreational facilities have been designated to allow dogs and their human companions to play in groups, play chase, go fetch or roam unleashed.
"There is no doubt that dog owners deserve to share in the park pie with other special use groups like baseball, soccer, tennis, children's playgrounds, skate parks, etc. The recognized use of city and county-maintained dog parks is growing at an amazing rate around the country and these parks can provide an excellent venue for providing information on low coast spay/neuter and vacciination clinics, dog training and other information related to keeping canines happy and healthy. Dogs contribute immeasurably to their family's quality of life, thus helping to foster a sense of community for everyone. Making dog parks a priority creates possible community spirit."--Marin Humane Society
In the North Coast village where I live there is no off leash dog park currently set aside for human-canine recreation. So, I have just completed writing a proposal asking for one.
Wish me luck.