26 Ago The Fundamentals for a Successful Pet Park
It’s nothing new that the pet frenzy is intense these times. The rate of pets living in the cities has increased rapidly, and with this growth, new needs have emerged. Urban planning cannot ignore this, since there’s certain issues involving public space that have to be addressed. Let’s take a look at the challenges that pet parks face nowadays.
When the idea of pet parks or dog parks was first introduced in city planning, a simple fence seemed enough. However, the concept now has evolved meeting the needs of this growing population. First of all, the materials must be thoroughly evaluated in order to achieve a manageable budget and lower the maintenance requirements. Grass seemed as the logical choice at first, however, it demands continuous care to resist the exposure to the dog’s paws and waste. Simple dirt is not enough, since these areas must be hygienic and comfortable for both animals and humans. Sand, gravel or granite have proven to be useful and accessible alternatives.
Another important issue that must be taken in consideration is the location of the park. It must not affect the daily lives of neighbors, it ideally must not occupy a space that was destined for an important purpose within the community, and it must provide safety for visitors and inhabitants of the neighborhood. For the pet park to really provide a benefit for the community, it must be at least 5 thousand square feet, and to have a considerable distance from kids’ playgrounds and residential areas. It’s also important to count with access to parking and to always be aware of the impact it has on the environment, avoiding any hazard to wildlife or water quality.
Last but not least, pet parks planning must include the responsibility of the management of the pets’ waste. With a growing population of dogs in big cities, their waste is due to become a problem if it is not managed correctly. In the case of pet parks, it’s important to include accessible bins destined exclusively for this purpose, and to have a clear protocol that will prevent this issue from becoming a problem for the visitors and the neighborhood.
Pet parks are increasingly becoming a key part of urban planning. To have public and adequate spaces for leisure, exercise and rest is our right as city inhabitants. It’s important to demand the correct planning and development of these spaces, as well as a right distribution throughout the city, for both humans and dogs to have a healthier and happier lifestyle.