Let's create a dog-run in Buhr Park!

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Buhr Park is awesome. Swimming pools, tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, the food forest . . . and acres and acres of open grassland.

It's no wonder that many a dog (with the cooperation of their human...) is tempted to take off their leash and stretch their legs!

But let's not forget that Buhr Park also has an elementary school, summer day-camps, two nearby preschools, and neighbors who may or may not appreciate being approached by unleashed dogs! And of course, the local ordinance that no dogs are allowed off-leash in A2's parks...

Sooner or later there is going to be an incident that brings this all to a boil, but we could be proactive here and create either a fenced dog-run area, or (this would be a first for Ann Arbor) off-leash hours for the entire park.

In the 2013 "Dog Park" survey by the Parks Advisory Commission, one of the most requested features of a dog run/dog park is that it be walkable - in other words, that it be a neighborhood park. As the largest open space in the area, Buhr Park attracts dog-owners from the residential neighborhoods bordered by I-94 to the south, Stadium to the north, and Packard and Platt to the east and west.

The 2013 survey led to the publication of the Recommendations and Guidelines document, which laid out the necessary conditions for a successful dog-run. Key among these are size (one acre or ~200x200 ft), a 100-200 ft buffer for neighbors, good parking, mature shade trees, etc, all of which Buhr Park is able to offer.

Would you like to see a dog-run in Buhr Park? Or would you prefer off-leash hours? In either case sign the petition, leave a comment, and let's get this started!

 



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