Since I'm new to dog ownership I'm not familiar with some things. My town has a dog park and I was planning on taking my pup once he's had his last round of shots and gone to Puppy-k (starts this week). So I went to my town's website to find out more about the dog park and was appaled that they charge a $110 fee per year to use it. Am I being cheap about this or does that sound way expensive? I could see maybe half of that. The park is not that great, mostly woodchips for a surface. It's fenced in but has spots where the fence is not intact. And it closes at 3:00 on weekdays. Dusk on weekends.
If there was a designated DP near us that required a fee, I'd gladly pay. Your fee works out to less than $10/mth. Way less than doggy daycare fees. I would be a little concerned and annoyed at the fence not being fully intact, but the woodchips or similar is what you normally see at these kinds of places - cheaper than trying to upkeep grass that gets torn up, dug up, pooped and peed on. The hours seem a little unreasonable too. Weekdays & weekends it should be open til dusk. What time does it open in the mornings?
Right now I am struggling to get decent park time for Diesel. We have a huge arena just 5min away that has a double baseball diamond and soccer field. It was awesome in the winter/fall, but now that it is spring, no matter what time of day it is there's always a kid's sport team of some sort using the fields so I can't let him off leash. He is starting to act like a brat because he hasn't had a good run with other dogs in 2 weeks.
I don't think that price is out of line IF it is well maintained and there is some process to police the dogs/owners who use it.
Woodchips are much better than mud, which is what the one near me has most of the time. They certainly should repair the fence. Kind of defeats the purpose of enclosing the area if the fence is busted.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I wouldn't really have a problem with the fee necessarily, but I would have an issue with the fence not being intact...
I mean why would I want my money to go to a place that isn't being well maintained? And not having a fence doesn't make me want my dog off the leash...
That fee seems sort of unreasonable to me since 2 parks that I take laika to all I need is to have her licenced to that county/ city ($10) and up to date on shots.
Do you know who owns/maintains the park? Is it the town's responsibility? If there is a parks/recs department I would inquire about the fence issue. You'd be surprised how many other dog owners may have noticed it, complain to each other about it, but do nothing about complaining to the right person to get it fixed. They may not be aware of the problem.
What kind of a facility is it? How big? IMO, paying would probably be a good thing; attracting a better group of dogs/owners. The dog park closest to my house is a nice, big, fenced-in area with a big pond, trails, open areas, etc. It is free (except paying to park), but we haven't been in years because it attracts all kinds of crazy people and crazy dogs.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
I'm a bit shocked that you would have to pay anything at all. Where I live, our parks, including off-leash dog parks are maintained by the City and / or township that they reside in. The cost associated with maintaining these parks are part of my annual property taxes that I pay (approx. CDN$2,000 / year). I also pay license fees for my dogs ($50 / year per dog). Saying that, not all of these dog parks are fenced, nor are they strictly just for dogs. Many of the off-leash areas are part of recreational parks that are open to everybody and only a portion has been allocated as an "off-leash area".
If I did have to pay for entrance into a specific park, I would expect that park to be fully enclosed and to be maintained to a specific standard.
It's run by the town. We also pay $15 per year for license fees. I have yet to actually stop and look at it, but the warning about the fence came off of the town's website, that they are "working on" fixing it. Plus my town does not allow dogs in any public park unless a service dog. $100 fee if you get caught. Kills me becuase there is a beautiful park (not fenced in) behind my house that I can't even walk him in, even though I see plenty of people doing it with their dogs. Thankfully I have a big yard that is next door to my MIL's so my pup gets the run of both yards. I wanted the dog park to teach him more socialization skills than anything. But I guess puppy-k will help with that. At the moment he gets a bit scared of other dogs, especially the little ones. Tail between the legs at my Niece's Yorkie!
There is a very nice park and paved trails that is in the city of Boston that is free about 10 minutes from my house. I take my son up there to ride his bike and there are lots of dogs up there. I might be doing that instead.