Because, Apparently, You Don't Need to Spend $1.5 Million on a Dog Park. In Oak Cliff, Anyway.

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FIDO Oak Cliff co-founder Michael Reagan, left, and Jason Roberts on Saturday
Remember back in February, when council member Ann Margolin said, sorry, but she just couldn't support spending $1.5 mil in bond funds on a dog park, which the city couldn't afford to maintain in the first place? No. Of course you don't. Anyway. On Saturday, we skipped out of the Homegrown Music and Art Festival early to grab a bite before heading to the Dallas Independent School District science fair at the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex. (My one complaint with Homegrown: the lack of food options.) On the way down Polk toward Eno's we passed by the dog park you see at top, which, a few hours earlier, had been a trash-strewn median.

How successful was it? Writes Jason Roberts today on the Bike Friendly Oak Cliff website: "City Councilwoman Delia Jasso is now asking that the group continue to hold a pop-up dog park for the next three months while she works to make this small, neighborhood park permanent." His before-n-after video follows.

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Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

Parks are nice, dog parks are cute, but we need to remember that parks require continued investment and maintenance.  Every time people notice a spot of vacant land, somebody will inevitably say "pocket park".  That seems like a good idea, but where will those same people be in six months?  a year?  five years?  The danger is that eventually nobody will be responsible for it.  Nobody will clean, mow, replant, replace broken fences, etc.  The city has no money, they are continuing to cut the Parks budget.  Or should we float more bonds?  Or "re-purpose" bond money that the voters thought was going someplace else? So - godspeed Better Block-ers, and I really do wish you success, but the next time you do one of these projects, maybe you could include some serious thought about the long term. Just sayin'....

rain39
rain39

This is awesome, Oak Cliff!  We have a new one down in Allen that the new shopping center off Main and 75 did for its customers.  It has two sizes.  One for itty bitty dogs and another for the big ones.  It has a wood like mixture on the ground, along with picnic benches and water for the dogs and people.  Also scattered around are green baggies and green bags for poop disposal.  The park is shaded by the trees they collected from building the shopping center.  I think McKinney is finally building one also.

With the bobcats and coyotes making all our dogs stay leashed up here in McKinney, even in fields, these parks are a necessity to get these dogs running if you might be a little long in the tooth to get running as an owner.  Our three pound poodle seems to drag us out to run as much as a 60 pound dog did.  With two artificial joints, that is frowned upon by our two joint surgeons.  We can control her but she loves it so....

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

It would be nice to do this in the vacant lot across from my place, but the shattered shards of broken bottles of cheap beer brands strewn all over would make it very difficult.

LaceyB
LaceyB

$1.5 Mil? That's a lot of mini forest green trash cans and little green baggies. For mini-poos who do mini-poos.  Now, if only the city would service them every now and then.

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

I'm sure at the DCC Command Bunker (in an undisclosed Park Cities location), the big developers are gnashing their teeth at those OC DFHs.  Watch out OC, they're going to saturation bomb you with strip malls and condos.

HeidiF
HeidiF

More greatness from the OC and BBB. It's so nice to read some good news about Dallas. 

Coleman
Coleman

Even though I was drinking my calories at Homegrown Festival, I agree about the lack of food options.

Daily reader
Daily reader

The "No Dumping" sign needs to be reworded 

Paul S.
Paul S.

This is a much better option for that plot of land than the city sponsored illegal dumping site it usually is.

DallasMan
DallasMan

Nice.  And yes, Uptown already has a very popular, similar "community" dog park on Travis between Fitzhugh and Blackburn. 

Robbie Good
Robbie Good

The Uptown pocket park was a huge inspiration of doing a lot with a little. 

We spent all of $300 on this park and we still have the fencing ready for reuse. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

If this becomes permanent they need to figure out a surface besides grass. That will get really gross, really quickly. Gravel or small stones are decent, but honestly, asphalt is a decent option as well.Also, why is the city trying to set up a 5 acre dog park? The obvious answer is that they are stupid. But don't they know that small scale is required for these types of things? That one on Swiss down near Deep Ellum is already too large. The one near Fitzhugh and Travis is just about the right scale, and in the right neighborhood. It just needs a few trees and something aside from grass.

Robbie Good
Robbie Good

The big pecan tree was a huge reason we chose the site. Also, taking a cue from the Deep Ellum Bark Park, we applied mulch to roughly half of the site.  

Storm_71
Storm_71

 Good work Mr. Good you should be proud of yourself. Hats off to you sir.

Robbie Good
Robbie Good

As you can tell from the video, it was an incredible community collaboration. Hats are off to the many people who made this thing happen.

Montemalone
Montemalone

When I saw that sign, I thought is said "Poop-Up Dog Park", which would be a better idea.

TimCov
TimCov

 If you can get the people in the neighborhood to keep this up, it is great!

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

How about the people who are actually using the park keeping it up instead of expecting the neighbors to do it for them?

TimCov
TimCov

Since I imagine it is mostly people in the neighborhood using it, I would think they should be the ones keeping it up. 

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