Control: Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
File Name: COUNTY DOG PARK
Agenda Date: 11/9/2005
Agenda Item Number:
DISCUSSION RE: COUNTY DOG PARK
Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
Councilman Templer, City of North Miami, appeared before the Committee and provided a brief overview of the proposal to expand dog parks within the County’s parks. He noted, however, that the City of North Miami appeared to be interested in entering into a joint agreement with the County to develop a dog park in the Greynolds Park.
Chairwoman Heyman commented on Councilman Templer’s advocacy for dog parks extending beyond the City of North Miami Beach into the unincorporated areas as well.
Miami-Dade Park and Recreation (P&R) Director Vivian Donnell Rodriguez provided a brief update on the department’s dog park expansion project. She noted the dog park at Amelia Earhart Park had proven successful. Ms. Rodriguez concurred with Councilman Templer that the County was considering a proposal to develop a dog park at Greynolds Park East and noted funding was available for this project.
In response to Chairwoman Heyman’s inquiry of what the timeline was for this project, P&R Chief of Planning & Research, Ms. Barbara Falsey, explained that a specific timeline had not yet been developed for the dog park at Greynolds East, but that a meeting with representatives of the City of North Miami Beach was scheduled for November 18, 2005. She agreed to provide Committee members with a follow-up report and the timeline(s) for the completion of this project. Ms. Falsey noted the department was exploring the possibility of developing dog park sites within the West Kendall district, the Homestead Air Reserve Park, and other parks on 100 acres of land or more.
Commissioner Gimenez asked Ms. Rodriguez to explore the possibility of developing a dog park at Tropical Park or another location within District 7.
Commissioner Moss commented on the great community interest in dog parks and asked Assistant County Manager Alex Munoz to develop and forward for Committee review, a master plan governing the development of dog parks Countywide.
Commissioner Seijas asked Ms. Rodriguez to ensure that damage to facilities and the canopy at Amelia Earhart Dog Park was restored before initiating efforts to develop any new dog parks.
Chairwoman Heyman thanked Councilman Templer and Ms. Rodriguez for their presentations and reiterated her concern regarding the shortage of facilities for domestic pets throughout the County. She suggested dog park facilities be added to parks when fences surrounding or within parks that were destroyed during Hurricane Wilma were replaced.
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