The majority of downtowners live in condos and apartments, and therefore have no yards. We are also one of the only major cities without a downtown dog park. We need the amenities that will grow our community.
A walkable dog park is very much needed to meet the needs of both current and future residents. The dog park will also help surrounding small businesses by increasing foot traffic -- but only if placed within walking distance of downtown residents. The currently-proposed 5th Ave location across the highway doesn't solve this and doesn't meet downtowners' needs.
Instead, placing the dog park on First Street, south of the highway, puts it within walking distance of the vast majority of downtown residents, would bolster local businesses, will connect Hance Park to downtown's activity, and can be done within the current streetscape project for a very minimal cost compared to other solutions!
Organizational supporters currently include:
~44 Monroe apartments
~Alta Lofts Phoenix apartments
~Angel Trumpet Alehouse
~Artisan Village HOA
~Camden Copper Square apartments
~CityScape Phoenix/Palomor Hotel
~Downtown Voices Coalition
~Evans Churchill Community Association
~Maricopa County Animal Care & Control
~Magellan Health Services
~Matt's Big Breakfast/Giant Coffee/Roosevelt Tavern
~Orpheum Lofts HOA
~Roosevelt Action Association
~Roosevelt Row CDC
~St Croix HOA
[For preliminary design concepts, renderings, funding scenarios, and detailed urban planning benefits, please email DTdogpark@gmail.com.]