In creating a dog park, we hope to accomplish the following goals:
1. To establish a fenced in, off‐leash dog park where well‐behaved canine can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering people, property, or wildlife.
2. To develop a beautiful, well‐maintained space, open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park's rules and restrictions.
3. To view this park as a community project, in partnership with the City of Rock Hill, designed to satisfy the needs of dog‐owners and non‐dog owners alike.
Benefits of an off-leash dog park include, but are not limited to:
Promoting good canine physical health and socialization, reducing nuisance behaviors; dogs who have the opportunity to use dog parks become better socialized (more familiar and friendly with other dogs and people) thereby raising community safety in general.
Encourages people to exercise and stimulate social interaction with other people; the use of off-leash parks offers not only a social avenue, but also a safer way for those with mobility problems who find it very difficult to walk, much less exercise, a dog on lead.
Having a dog park will add to Rock Hill’s list of attractions for those considering a move to the area; other cities--including nearby Charlotte, NC which has 8 off-leash dog parks, report that their dog parks are a draw for people to come to visit their town, and often these visits mean engaging in other activities while they are here.
The presence of owners and their dogs within a park may help to deter crime and vandalism in adjacent areas.
Lessens complaints –Well-exercised dogs are better neighbors who are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively and destroy property.
Builds a community of people committed to pets, parks, community involvement and the environment; Encourages compliance with local leash laws and reduce the number of dogs likely to end up in shelters.
Off-leash parks are good for dogs, their guardians and the whole community!