We know that you and your furry friends love the off-leash dog park in Gateway Park! We do too...and need some feedback from you!
Last year, Key Pen Parks re-worked the fence and did some maintenance on the drainage area. However, there are still issues with water and mud. Excess water, puddles, mud and saturated ground are occurring after rain storms but also from the adjacent wetlands. When these areas become "full" of water, which drains from many areas of Gateway Park and 360 Trails, it will drain into lower areas such as the dog park.
We have heard from some users that they and their dogs dislike the mud and water while other users say their dogs like it! Before we make any changes or keep it the way that it is, we want to hear from the dog park users.
We are seeking your feedback via an online survey. It will be open through July 31st. Our survey is now closed and the results are being tabulated.
Check back for the results and updates on our next steps with the All Dog Park!
The All Dog Park was built adjacent to wetlands and part of the storm water system from the parking lot drains into the dog park area. When the wetlands have enough water some of it will drain back into the low-lying areas of the dog park causing puddles, mud, and sometimes standing water. When the ground is too wet, our equipment gets stuck and we cannot mow the area.
In the survey, there is an option to move the fencing to reduce the areas with mud and water. This map shows an approximate location of the existing fence (red line) and the new smaller park (green line). This proposed reduction would make the park about 30% smaller than its current size.