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The City of Memphis opens its first dog park!

June 4, 2010
The City of Memphis Division of Park Services will “Release The Leash” on its first dog park, Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., 2599 Avery Avenue, behind the Board of Education.  Hours of operation for the park are 6:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m. March 15—October 31st and 6:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. November 15— March 14.
Cindy Buchanan, our Director of Park Services says, “More and more urban cities are incorporating dog parks as a progressive component of their park system. The Memphis Dog Park is something that we have been wanting to provide to the citizens of Memphis for some time.”
This park is actually the first dog park and the test site for future parks.  Park Services will carefully monitor this park so that when permanent parks are constructed, park services will have a better idea of what amenities and services best suit Memphians.   This test site will also help identify any potential safety issues that may arise and how to address them in the future.
The “off leash” fenced in park has an area designated for dogs under 25 lbs. and 25 lbs. and over.  To be ecofriendly, bio degradable doggie waste bags are provided so that owners can help keep the park clean and free of pet waste.
The park has benches for owners to relax and watch the dogs play.
So that dogs have a safe and fun environment to play in, all dogs must be licensed and vaccinated/immunized and each dog owner is responsible for the behavior and action of their dog.  A list of rules and regulations are posted on site. Due to the fact that this is a pilot project owners will also need to bring water for their dogs.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rosetta permalink
    June 15, 2010 7:45 am

    A park to unlease the dogs is a wonderful Idea, However my question is when will there be an adquate park in Whitehaven to unlease the Children, that live there? Makes you wonder.

  2. John Vookles permalink
    November 17, 2010 10:37 pm

    Love the dog park on Avery, but I have one suggestion. The small dog side is clearly marked ” small dogs only this side – under 25 pounds”. The large dog area should also be marked “large dogs only — over 25 pounds” . Small dogs can easily be injured playing with larger animals even with no intention or aggressiveness. For some reason, people want to bring their tiny dogs in to play with the Great Danes. Help !


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