Thanh -- May 6th, 2009
There’s a new website/blog for people in Harrisonburg who want a dog park in the City, happydogshburg.blogspot.com. Created by Justyn Sider, a resident of Harrisonburg and owner of Tucker – a yellow lab - the website currently features information about his interest in dog parks, general information on dog parks, and a petition for people to sign and show support for a dog park in Harrisonburg.
Justyn has inquired with the City’s Parks & Recreation Department and he found out that they “have already considered dog parks and are interested in having them as soon as people show support in an organized way.” And Justyn is working to do just that with anyone who is interested to help. He is working now to form a Board that represents the dog park to find others who are interested and to get the dog park started.
He has spoken with a number of people in his neighborhood and he says that they are currently interested in seeing a dog park at a city park like Waterman or Hillandale. And says, “I want the parks to be [in] walking distance to most of the users. So far I have heard the most feedback from people in that area, but if there is more support in other areas of the city then we can focus on other existing parks.”
Dog parks generally have a set of rules/etiquette for users to follow to maintain a safe and enjoyable space for everyone. Dogs have the opportunity to run around off leash and play with other dogs, while their owners have an opportunity to socialize with other dog owners and know that their dog is getting the exercise it needs.
Justyn and other dog park supporters can be contacted at HappydogsHburg [at] gmail [dot ]com and the petition can be signed here.