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Announcement: TC Parks & Recreation Commission Eyes Dog Park Creation


Parks and Recreation

This from local dog park champions:

Hello Fellow Dog Park Enthusiasts!

This Thursday, 11/17, Traverse City’s Parks and Recreation Commission is holding a special meeting to consider recommending a location for the City’s first dog park. They are holding this meeting seeking public comment before they make a motion to pass this on to the City Commissioners.  The meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the basement cafeteria of the Government Center on Boardman Ave. Please attend this meeting to support the positive move forward on a dog park for Traverse City and join in on the discussion for the location.

The Parks and Recreation Commission considers the lawn space between Division St. and the tennis courts at Veteran’s Park to be a favorable location for Traverse City’s first dog park.  Those of us who have been working to move this project forward support the Parks and Recreation Commission on this preference given that there is already water, parking and bathroom facilities at this location.  Additionally, it is very accessible for many city residents and it may be one of the least expensive sites to develop.

Once we have a location and the approval of the City Commissioners, we will begin raising funds to help pay for the park.  If you would like to be part of the effort to have a dog park in Traverse City, Community Partners for a Traverse City Dog Park needs your help.  Please join us Thursday evening at the Government Center to sign up or if you can’t make the meeting, please email us at tcdogpark@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support.

Jami Moore & Ginger Schultz


for Community Partners for a Traverse City Dog Park

The underutilized lawn at Veteran's Park provides a just over a half-acre.


The Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to establishing a dog park in 2012. It is in our 5 year goals and objective and we are working closely with community partners to build support, a timeline and a budget. If we pass the current recommendation it will go to the City Commission for a likely study session on 11/28 and from there, I trust, a move to approve it at the following meeting on 12/5.

The Park and Recreation’s working mission:

Our mission is to establish a fenced in, off-leash City dog park:

  • where well-behaved dogs will socialize in a clean, safe and welcoming environment.
  • where pet owners will engage with fellow neighbors and visitors to the area.
  • where park visitors without dogs will visit to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, active community and the interaction between humans and canines.

It will be a well-maintained space that is self and peer regulated according to clear user guidelines. The park will contribute to both the quality of life and economic vitality of the City. As such, the Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to a partnership with community partners to design, construct and maintain a park that satisfies the needs of dog owners and non-dog owners alike with a shared goal of increasing the enjoyment of our public spaces.

Dog parks have been discussed for many years. They have started to become the norm in other communities around the entire country. It needs to be emphasized, the urban dog park brings people together just as much, perhaps more so, than dogs. I think this is an excellent placemaking feature that Traverse City is finally ready to embrace.

Parks and Recreation will meeting Thursday night at 6:30 in the basement cafeteria of the Governmental Center. 

Don’t be fooled, the Beagles really are excited about making new friends.
  1. November 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    This is a great time for the City to make the Commons more accessible to walkers, like dog walkers.

  2. Katie
    November 17, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Hello, this location looks terrific for a dog park, which would be a great addition to our City. Even a person who does not have a dog can appreciate that this would be great for the community as a whole. (No one can resist a smile when watching a dog romp and chase a Frisbee!). Hope it moves forward positively. Thank you for sharing the plans.

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