Dearborn’s first dog park set to open Aug. 19

Photo by Zeinab Najm Dearborn will open its first dog park at 16301 Michigan Ave. on Aug. 19 to dog owners providing them with 2.3 acres of space divided into two spaces for smaller and larger dogs to play.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
Dearborn will open its first dog park at 16301 Michigan Ave. on Aug. 19 to dog owners providing them with 2.3 acres of space divided into two spaces for smaller and larger dogs to play.

 

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The city’s first Dog Park, 16301 Michigan Ave., will open at 11 a.m. Aug. 19  to dog owners.

Residents and their pets will have 2.3 acres south of Henry Ford Centennial Library to play from the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Nov. 15.

Users of the dog park will be required to purchase an annual $30 permit from the city clerk’s office. Proof of Dearborn residency a copy of the dog’s license and proof of current vaccinations is required at the time of permit purchase.

The park will be divided into two areas for small and large dogs, large dogs being classified as weighing more than 30 pounds. Both areas will be enclosed with a fence and accessible through a gate.

Crushed stone paths for walking routes, benches for sitting, dog waste bags, waste disposal stations, water access and dog agility equipment will be featured at the park.

The agility equipment includes adjustable jump bars, elevated agility walk platforms, walk ramps, hurdles, teeter totters and barrels through a $15,000 donation from the Oakwood Group.

Rules for the dog park state that dogs in the park must wear a collar or harness with tags.

Owners of dogs must carry a leash in case the dogs needs to be restrained or walked to and from the dog park, dispose of animal waste and monitor their dog’s behavior, according to the city’s website.

Dogs in the park must be accompanied by a human handler 17 years old and up, children under 8 years old are not allowed in the dog park, and children ages 9 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fines for violating the dog park rules began at $100 for first offense, $250 for second offense and third offense can lead to expulsion from the park if the person is guilty of a misdemeanor.

“Items not allowed in the dog park include any food for people or dogs, tobacco products, alcohol, glass containers, dog toys, pets besides dogs, and skateboards, bicycles, scooters or other wheeled devices,” the city’s website stated. “Wheelchairs are permitted for those with physical disabilities.”

The Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department is seeking volunteers for its Dog Park Support Committee to work with the department in “monitoring and enforcing the rules and regulations governing the use of the facility, maintaining and cleaning the facility and responding to resident’s feedback concerning the park,” according to the city’s website.

Anyone interested in joining the committee can call 313-943-2410.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses or organizations which will receive either plaques on the park’s drinking fountains, or banners and signs on the fences.

Email Dearborn Recreation Supervisor Michael Shooshanian at mshooshanian2@ci.dearborn.mi.us for sponsorship opportunities.

For more information on the dog park click here.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)