New Piedmont Park dog park = suck

I have an eight month old dog that needs lots of exercise.  This week has been rough – I’m sure many readers with dogs can relate.  Lots of rain means lots of playing inside, jogs in the intervals between storms, and just accepting a certain level of hyperactivity.  I can do a decent job wearing him out, but I’m not so hot at the kind of play a puppy needs.  Friday I decided to take the dog over to Piedmont Park to play at the dog park.

Piedmont Park is doing renovations on the regular dog park, which means that for a year they have fenced in an area under the bridge near the old dog park.  I have been to it a few times since it opened, and hadn’t been terribly thrilled, but I had reserved judgement.  Friday, I made up my mind.

It might be the worst dog park I’ve been to.  Piedmont Park used to have a nice big dog park that wasn’t terribly busy during the week.  They kept plenty of mulch on-site, and drainage was good enough that even on damp days there was plenty of usable land. I had gotten to know a few of the other regulars of the last few months.

The new park is tiny, for starters.  It is maybe a quarter of the size of the old park.  I could get over that, but there is no mulch whatsoever to help with the mud.  Also, the water spigot is in the dead center of the park.  I don’t think they paid any attention to drainage, so even on a nice day there is a persistent mud pit in the center of the park.  On a day like yesterday, the entire park was two inches deep in mud.  It was completely unusable.

I hope it gets better, but in the mean time I’ll be spending more time at Park Grounds.  Park Grounds is good, but Piedmont Park is five minutes from my house.  This also makes the second dog park near me that is either gone or unusable.  I used to walk up to my old middle school, Inman, for an impromptue dog park every afternoon on a ball field.  It was a great neighborhood social hour, all the dogs were very nice, and it was half a mile from home.  Well, a few months ago the school came out and told us the fun was over, they were going to need the field for sports.  I knew it was only a matter of time, but it was still disappointing.

It isn’t just that I have to drive further for the dog to go play.  I’ve lost access to two communities. Oh well. What can you do?

2 Comments so far

  1. maigh on April 13th, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    I don’t have a dog, so I had no idea this was happening, that the "old" one had been closed for any length of time. SUCK. There’s also a FB group revolting against the closure of the one on Virginia (which was never a dog park, but rather part of the school grounds that locals let their dogs crap all over, which even if cleand up is still unsanitary).

    Suck dude.

    I dream of having a pup again but it doesn’t seem easy to find a safe, clean place for them to play these days.

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on April 14th, 2009 @ 9:13 am

    i am very grateful that my "unofficial" neighborhood dog park, which i am not going to name, is still going. i am fastidious about cleaning up my mess there, in the hopes that the host will not kick us out.

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