Stacy Hawk’s 10 Steps To Stepping Into A New Dog Park

January 19, 2011 by Tails Magazine in Home, Inspiration, January 2011 with 0 Comments

Stacy Hawk of Hawk City K9 was one of the founders of Wiggly Park, Chicago’s first dog park.  Since then, several dog parks have popped up all over the state. But maybe there’s not a dog park in your neck of the woods and you want to create your own.  How do you do it?  Here’s how Hawk did it: The creation of a dog park takes time, money, and the whole community working together. But you can build the park of your dreams with patience, determination, and support. Here’s how:

  1. Give yourself time. Wiggly Park opened in 1997; the idea to build the park took seed in 1992.
  2. Find the Yes (or No) Person: Who gives the final go ahead on building the park? The Alderman? City Council person?
  3. Become a non-profit organization.
  4. Partner with a likeminded existing non-profit, i.e., Friends of the Park, neighborhood associations, etc.
  5. Hold regular meetings for everyone in the community. Be prepared for adversity; listen to and address the concerns of people opposed to building a dog park.
  6. Scout out potential dog park sites; find out how they’re currently being used.
  7. Design dog park with green spaces, and “People Only” areas. This will show opponents you have considered their interests in your plans.
  8. Raise funds. Consider corporate sponsorships, getting businesses involved, and individual donations.
  9. Network and garner support through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  10. Keep at it!

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