Seralata started a great discussion a few weeks ago about our need for a centrally located dog park in the neighborhood. So how about if we put our heads together and pick a few good options for where one can go?
My first assumption is that we won’t be able to acquire a completely new property for a park. So that leaves us with trying to convert some existing, underused public property that could be converted to an off-leash area. Here’s some options I’ve come up with:
1. There’s a decent size chunk of grass between the community center and Medgar Evers Pool that doesn’t get much use or attention. (this is on 23rd, just 100 feet or so south of the intersection with Cherry). Perhaps we could add a fence and have an easy, affordable conversion option?
Pluses: Great central location for the neighborhood
Minuses: Might be a bit small – not enough room for running and long throws.
2. Powell Barnett park on MLK got a big remodel two years ago with a shiny new play area and updated basketball courts. But the north end of the park (corner of MLK & Jefferson) has a a big grassy area that’s usually empty.
Pluses: Would be a reasonably big park with a lot of room for dogs of all size
Minuses: Houses border the park on two sides, might put up a fight about barking
3. There’s a park in Belltown that was once overrun with drug activity. That all changed when it was converted to a dog park. The constant presence of neighbors and their pets made it an inhospitable spot for the drug dealers and pushers. So with Flo Ware park being the informal headquarters of a gang, how about turning it over to the dogs?
Pluses: Might help clean up some of the illegal activity on that corner
Minuses: Would be a small park
4. There’s a severely underused park on the corner of the county’s juvenile hall facility at 14th & Remington Court. Lots of space to work with, and a nice work of art to look at while you throw the frisbee.
Pluses: Big space, rarely used right now
Minuses: It’s on the far western edge of the neighborhood
So speak up in the comments if you’ve got strong feelings about any of the options. Or suggest other ones if I’ve left something out.
If we can narrow things down to a top one or two, we’ll do some investigation to see how we might be able to make them a reality.