Control: Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
File Name: DOG PARK FROM PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Agenda Date: 9/20/2006
Agenda Item Number:
DISCUSSION ITEM RE: STATUS OF THE DOG PARK FROM THE PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
Ms. Vivian Donnell-Rodriguez, Director, Park and Recreation Department, provided an oral report on the status of dog parks. She noted a number of sites were identified countywide, for full-dog parks, called dog run sites, and for smaller, neighborhood based parks called dog-friendly parks; that the first dog park, which opened at Amelia Earhart Park as a pilot program, had proven very successful and served a large regional population.
Ms. Donnell-Rodriguez noted a site was identified at East Greynolds Park with a plan developed and a budget prepared but the funding had not yet been identified. She also noted four other sites were identified in West Kendall, Tropical Park, Ives Estates and Homestead Air Reserve Park for large dog parks that would be funded with GOB funds. Ms. Donnell-Rodriguez noted nine sites were identified for dog-friendly parks in various, passive neighborhood parks that have existing walkways to allow owners to walk their dogs on leashes and that could be promoted with signage and very few amenities, and that funding was available for this. Additionally, Ms. Donnell-Rodriguez noted the Department would explore Biscayne Shores as a potential site for developing a dog-friendly park, and that six to seven other sites had been identified as dog-run sites for owners to run theirs dogs off leashes.
Chairwoman Heyman asked the Park and Recreation Director, Ms. Donnell-Rodriguez, to provide commissioners with the list of sites identified as potential dog parks. She also asked that the $120,000 funding proposal for dog parks be presented at the September 20th budget hearing and that the Director continue to pursue fundraising efforts with the Park Foundation and other public/private partnerships. Chairwoman Heyman also asked Ms. Donnell-Rodriguez to establish quarterly goals for pet friendly parks, and to expedite efforts to place doggy bag canisters in parks.
Commissioner Moss asked that the list of dog parks be provided to him as quickly as possible, and that the Park and Recreation Director, Ms. Donnell-Rodriguez, meet with him to discuss potential sites within District #9.
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