Southern Dallas Is Getting its First Dog Park

Categories: Animal Welfare

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ElmWoof, via Facebook
It's kind of crazy that Oak Cliff doesn't have a permanent dog park. There are more than enough hipsters there to support one, what with their dual love of rescue dogs and community gathering spots. Way more, certainly, than Far North Dallas, which boasts Dallas' two newest dog parks.

That's about to change. ElmWoof, the monthly pop-up park in OC's Elmwood neighborhood (get it?), just received the city's blessing/cash to become permanent, winning a $9,000 grant through Mayor Mike Rawlings' GrowSouth program.

See also: White Rock's Dog Park is Getting a $1 Million Redo, but First, Why Are There None in Southern Dallas?

ElmWoof was launched 18 months ago with neighborhood volunteers and $450 worth of supplies from Home Depot. It's been successful but a bit of a chore for neighbors to set up and take down every month.

bcWORKSHOP fellow Mark Lea, who helped spearhead the effort along with Elmwood Neighborhood Association President Kenneth Denson, said the permanent set-up won't be much more elaborate than the pop-up version. The fence will be six feet high rather than four and some local architects are going to design benches. Otherwise, it's going to be pretty no-frills.

"Let's be honest: It's not going to be nearly as nice as the White Rock Dog Park," which is about to close for a $1.1-million renovation, "but it doesn't need to be," Lea says. People just want a place to hang out and let their dogs run off-leash.

ElmWoof organizers managed to avoid the fate of the planned Kidd Springs dog park, which was indefinitely put on hold after neighbors came out against it. When plans were being discussed for a permanent ElmWoof, Lea says one woman expressed concern about noise and traffic but dropped her opposition when she was told the dog park had already been happening for months without her noticing.

See also: Oak Cliff is One Big Step Closer to Getting a Dog Park at Kidd Springs

There's no firm timeline for construction beyond the year deadline spelled out in the terms of the growSouth grant, but Lea says it should be completed by the end of April.

"Building a dog park once a month is not something many people want to wake up early on Saturday morning to do."

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.


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20 comments
brad.mason.dallas
brad.mason.dallas

Very good then.  I have always paid mine, late sometime with a late fee.  I wonder how many people do and what is done with the money.


brad.mason.dallas
brad.mason.dallas

Sharon_Moreanus...are you referring to those in Southern Dallas/OC?  Perhaps DAS could man the White Rock park and check for registration.


pak152
pak152

first time i've ever seen the OC referred to as Southern Dallas

WylieH
WylieH

It's interesting to see how much impact $9,000, spent intelligently, can have on a community.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Would be fun for DAS to man the gate on a Saturday to check out how many dogs using the park are actually registered.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

The tennis ball in the photo is clearly not a Southern Dallas tennis ball.

animas
animas

Great story! Wonderful picture!  It made my day.  Thank you, Eric.

dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

This is great news for OC, but I have to disagree with Mark and say that Oak Cliff deserves every bit of bells and whistles that the other side of the river gets. A good $250,000 should be spent on this project.

Tipster1908
Tipster1908

@craigparsons1969 FIDO is a different organization entirely. They have done pop up dog parks elsewhere in Oak Cliff, but they have not done them in one spot on a routine basis, the way that this one in Elmwood has been done.

LLLL
LLLL

@brad.mason.dallas  The fee is so small that I can't imagine it nets much after costs of administering it. The fee for an unaltered pet is substantial enough that it makes spay/neuter at SPCA the cheaper decision than not, but that assumes the people who wouldn't spay/neuter without the threat of a fine are the type of people registering their pet. I'm guessing the unaltered pets just aren't registered except for the ones owned by legit breeders.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

I'm referring to all of them in Dallas county.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@pak152 A positive as in  Brand NEW DOG PARK and its Southern Dallas  If  Someone gets shot at the same dog Park and its Oak Cliff.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@WylieH

I would have bought beer, dogs already have the streets.

Tipster1908
Tipster1908

@dallasdrilling.wordpress.com Oak Cliff wants and needs neighborhood scale amenities. The model of building White Rock dog park and making it serve the entire city or at least large portions of the city, is not what we are doing in Oak Cliff. I agree that more money should be dedicated to this effort and to Oak Cliff, but I want small, simple dog parks that neighbors take their dogs to. Easy to maintain, cheap to build, built to serve and enhance the community right around it. We already have an amenity that serves everyone in the city (Bishop Arts) and I think we can all agree that while it's great, it makes a parking nightmare for the neighborhood.

Mark2023
Mark2023

@dallasdrilling.wordpress.com Mark here, and I don't disagree with you. That said, this space doesn't have the land that White Rock's does, and I'd much rather get one off the ground now than wait until we can drum up $250k for one. They serve different roles, and I think this only helps OC's efforts to get a bigger one down the road.

KennethDenson
KennethDenson

@Tipster1908 @craigparsons1969  Kenneth here, FIDO is awesome, and they were certainly mentors to ElmWoof as we were getting started. Nothing but respect for them. But we are a different organization. Hopefully we'll find ways to work together!

LLLL
LLLL

@Sharon_Moreanus  Personally, I'd much rather they concentrate their efforts roaming the regular parks and enforcing leash laws. Every single weekend while sitting on the benches at various parks in the city/HP, I see an unleashed dog sprint up to a leashed dog and the leashed dog has no idea what's going on and feels like it can't defend itself while on a leash against an unrestrained potential attacker, and freaks out. Of course, the owners of the unleashed dog are 200 feet behind and repeatedly yelling "Muffin! Come back!" to no avail. "Muffin," of course, has no recall and should've never been off leash in the first place. But Muffin's owners trot up to the leashed dog/owner and act like that dog is the evil creature for getting upset.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

That's one reason why we don't bring ours to a park or dog park or restraunt patio. Shitty owners.

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