Rejoice, ye dogs of Durham! (Or, maybe don’t. Read on.)
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department received a $25,000 grant
this month to build a new and much-needed off-leash dog park at Duke
Park. The grant is one of twenty-five given by PetSafe, a company that sells pet-behavior products, as part of its “Bark for Your Park” program.
Right now, the city has three dog parks: a postage stamp in downtown
Durham, a former Little League field in Northgate Park, and the
way-out-in-the-burbs Piney Wood. The Northgate park lies in a floodplain
and, whenever it rains, devolves into a muddy gunk. Parks & Rec is
currently raising funds to relocate it to Rock Quarry Park, 1.5 miles
north, though, given that the city has raised less than $1,000 of a
needed $150,000, that move seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.
So this new park is great news for downtown canine lovers, right? Sure,
except that twenty-five grand doesn’t buy you a whole lot of park. This
dog park — which will open next spring — will be a
“neighborhood-maintained” park, modeled after the teensy-weensy dog park
at Roxboro and Elliot streets.
And if you’re wondering how much dog poop is produced in Durham County
each day, be grateful to whichever lucky bureaucrat got tasked with
figuring that out. The answer: 35,263.5 pounds.
“The City Council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner
of Earl and Sommerset, near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind
everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not
allowed in the dog park. It is possible that you will see hooded figures
in the dog park. DO NOT APPROACH THEM. DO NOT APPROACH THE DOG PARK.
The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the
dog park, and, especially, do not look for any period of time at the
hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you.”
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