06 Jun 2010

Bernard Dog Run

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The Lawrenceville dog park initiative has been renamed the Bernard Dog Run in memory of Jay Bernard, a Lawrenceville resident, business owner, artist and abandonned dog advocate whose big heart and countless contributions to his community continue to inspire.

The proposed Bernard Dog Run is a linear 1-acre dog run located near the 40th Street Bridge, between the CSX rail line and the Allegheny River Trail. For a brief overview of features and amenities, please see the Bernard Dog Run tab or the poster and proposal below.

Bernard Dog Run: Proposal for a Neighborhood Dog Park in Lawrenceville

Poster (3.8MB, web version)

Final Proposal (2.7MB, web version)

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2 Responses to “Bernard Dog Run”

  1. Kevin says:

    Guys,

    I didn’t see anything in the proposal (granted, didn’t read it that closely) about utilization rates on dog parks. They cost more money than an open field in a park, but I’ll guarantee that the return on investment is higher for dog enclosures than for any other part of a park, with a possible exception of playgrounds (which may be a wash because their higher capital costs). I’m being loose with my definition of ROI; let’s call it “public good” per dollar spent (capital + operating expenses), or maybe “public good” per acre of

    Most areas of parks I’ve lived near see little use, with the majority of visits during afternoons and weekends on nice days. Dog parks see fairly heavy use from morning to late in the evening. (Frick’s the exception because it’s harder to get to than any other dog park I’ve ever seen.) They also see a very high number of users per acre of park land. A frisbee game involving 4-5 participants might take up a half acre of land, but that same area could see 10-15 dog owners exercising their dogs. Athletic fields cost way more to install and maintain and only get used, in most cases, for a couple of hours a day for a few months out of the year.

    Long story short, it’s extremely disappointing to see all the grounds maintenance in Frank Curto Park (a park that I would guess sees zero visitors on most days) on my way to and from work and then see the official resistance to a dog park that would see dozens of users per acre, per day, almost 365 days a year. Parks officials are utter failures in their mission to serve the public if they can’t see this disparity.

  2. elisegatti says:

    Thanks for your comments, Kevin. When covered in grass, they cost about the same as a soccer field (water and cut the grass). This proposal will have a “natural” cover of grass, leaves, and wood chips/mulch added by the City. It should be pretty low-maintenance.

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