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30 July 2005



Okay, so I just had to start looking for dog parks in MI with this google trick because, well, I can!
From MLive.com:
-Park Township Board OKs building disc golf, dog parks
Friday, July 15, 2005
By Derek Emerson
The Grand Rapids Press

PARK TOWNSHIP -- Grab you disc and your dog and head to Park Township. But make two trips.

The Township Board agreed Thursday to create a dog park near Ottawa Beach Road and a disc golf course at Winstrom Park.

The dog park will be on the southeast section of nine acres near the Ottawa County Fairgrounds the township recently bought. The park will use 1.6 acres and feature separate areas for large and small dogs.
In addition, water fountains, agility jumps and bags for waste will be available at the park.

A few residents spoke in favor of the park before the meeting, even though neither park proposal was listed on the board's agenda.

Earl Welling, who is chairman of the Ottawa County Fairgrounds board, said fairground officials are supportive of the idea.

The dog park still leaves most of the space open, which will be used during the annual county fair to park more than 900 more cars.

The proposal passed 4-1. Clerk Jeff Ebihara and trustee Doug Dreyer were absent. Trustee Amanda Price voted "a very strong no."

Price, herself a dog owner, later said she likes the idea of a dog park but preferred private funds to support the effort.

The board approved spending up to $25,000 to create the park.

An 18-hole disc golf course, which also will be built for $25,000, received unanimous board support.

The course will be developed on approximately 18 acres of the 50-acre Winstrom Park at 160th Avenue and Perry Street.

Resident Dean Thayer has assisted the Recreation Committee in developing the plan. He said the holes will be in the southeast, wooded section of the park. The holes will be aimed away from other park uses.

Price made a motion to table the decision for more time to review the information, but no one supported her motion.

"The Recreation Committee has looked at the needs," trustee Gene Koopman said. "We should honor the committee and its work."

Both projects likely will be completed this summer.

-$15,000 donation helps dog park
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
By Jim Harger
The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS -- Finally, a city park is going to the dogs.

After a year of fund-raising, Grand Rapids Dog Park Enthusiasts announced Tuesday the group has raised $28,000.

That is more than enough to create the city's first off-leash dog park at Hillcrest Park, near Benjamin Avenue and Lyon Street NE.

Thanks to a $15,000 donation by Pets Supplies Plus, the new facility will be called the "Pets Supplies Plus Dog Area at Hillcrest Park."

City Parks and Recreation Director Jay Steffen said it is the first time a city park facility will bear the name of a corporate sponsor. Steffen started the naming program last year as a way to fund improvements for the city's cash-strapped parks and recreation department.

"Given that the overall price of the dog park was $25,000, we felt a $15,000 contribution by Pets Supplies Plus warrants that sort of recognition," Steffen said.

The one-acre field will be fenced off and open to the public by next April, Steffen said. The facility will include areas for large dogs and small dogs. Amenities for their owners will include walkways, trash containers and picnic benches.

Dave Kagan, a spokesman for the dog park advocates, said the fund-raising drive also got a boost from Bissell Inc., the Gerber Foundation, Plenty Creative, Integra printing and Agio Imaging. More than 150 individuals also donated between $5 and $500, he said.

The Grand Rapids Dog Parks Enthusiasts was created two years ago after city parks officials began enforcing the city's leash law at Cambridge Park on the Southeast Side.

Kagan said group members hope the Hillcrest Park facility will inspire off-leash areas in more city parks.
-City approves new dog park

Author: CATHY HENG For The Saginaw News
Date: July 12, 2005
Publication: Saginaw News (MI)
Page: 6A

MIDLAND - On a 4-1 vote, Midland City Council members have agreed to establish a dog park in Chippewassee Park.

"The proposal is for a nine-acre section at the westerly end of Chippewassee Park to be designated the dog park. The area is a combination of wooded and open spaces, would be fenced and include a water source and various agility obstacles for dogs," said Marty McGuire, director of public services.

An anonymous donor has offered to provide $40,000 for the park over four ...(I'd have to pay to read on).
- New township officials eager to get to work
Sunday, November 28, 2004
By Tiffany L. Woods
[email protected] • 810.766.6335

GRAND BLANC TWP. - After months of campaigning and going door-to-door, the three new people in township government say they are ready to handle business.

"I'm looking forward to doing my part," said Paul Bush, newly-elected trustee.

Bush, along with fellow trustee Daniel Cyphert and Linda Kingston, township clerk, were sworn in on Nov. 19.

Cyphert, who wants to create an off-leash dog park and a children's water park, said he's relieved the debate for his seat is over.
-Parks and rec department asks for public's suggestions
Current 5-year plan expires in 2005; 2 meetings planned for residents' input
Monday, September 27, 2004
News Staff Reporter

Got opinions about the future of parks and recreation in Ann Arbor?

The city's parks and recreation department is holding the first of two meetings Tuesday night to get comments and questions from residents to help develop the department's next five-year plan.

What residents have to say goes a long way in determining priorities for the park system, said parks and recreation department planner Amy Kuras.

"The parks plan becomes our working tool to develop initiatives and to plan for the future of the parks system," she said. "So this is something people should be very interested in."

For example, the current five-year plan, which wraps up in 2005, outlines goals such as improving the ice rink at Veteran's Park, replacing playground equipment at a number of neighborhood parks and building new park trails and links between parks and greenways. All of those goals were met, Kuras noted.

And public input has helped put a high priority on services or features residents asked for that parks officials might not otherwise think was important, such as a skateboard park and the ongoing quest to create an off-leash dog park.

Another meeting will be held in October, and the parks department will also host focus group meetings and interviews. Kuras said the department planned to have a draft prepared by January, with the final version complete by spring.

Tracy Davis can be reached at [email protected] or (734) 994-6856.

-Bay County leaders want dog park on fairgrounds
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
By Steve Neavling Times Writer

Dixie and Roxy, Jane Wittbrodt's beloved canines, brim with energy.

The Dalmatians can run miles before tiring.

But like most urban dwellers, Wittbrodt's dogs have no place to run free - that is, without a leash.

Ordinances in Bay City and Bay County prohibit dogs from running unrestrained.

That could change if Bay County has its way.

County leaders want to build a dog park, a fenced-in area for canines to roam free and socialize with other pooches.
The park would include an obstacle course, doggy water fountain and paved path for their human companions.

The location is the Bay County Fairgrounds, on Livingston Ave.

The park would be 220 feet by 180 feet - or "twice as wide as the County Building is tall," said Michael K. Gray, county director of administrative services.

The plan hinges on whether the state awards the county a $15,000 recreation grant - anything but a sure bet. Still, county leaders are hopeful after the Humane Society of Bay County agreed to chip in up to $10,000. The larger the match, the better the county's chances, Gray said.

The county would use its own employees to build the park, work that would include erecting a fence, laying pavement and installing a drinking fountain, water line and play structures.

With urban sprawl gobbling up play space for canines, dog parks are gaining popularity - there are more than 500 nationwide, including one in Saginaw Township, according to dogpark.com. Some include sand, swimming ponds and fake fire hydrants.

"If everyone had more space, it wouldn't matter," said Gray, who has a 4-year-old golden retriever named Charlie. "But a lot of people have small lots or live in apartments."

Wittbrodt said she's excited. Without the space to run her spotted pooches, she often tosses doggy treats up and down her stairs to give the dogs exercise.

Wittbrodt brought the idea to County Commissioner Brian K. Elder, D-7th District.

Dog owners joined the effort, prompting the Humane Society to make the cash pledge.

As Elder put it, "We took the ball and ran with it."

- Steve Neavling covers Bay County government for The Times. He can be reached at 894-9645.

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