I love dogs. They're probably my favorite thing in the whole world. Yes, I am aware that I sound like a 5 year old. It's true though. I'm sure most people that have a dog would agree. I mean come on, they are called "Man's Best Friend" for a reason. I spend a lot of time with my dog. Some would argue that I spend too much time with her. One of our favorite things to do is go to the park together, and even better yet is the dog park.
Most of the cities in Metro-Detroit have a dog park or two. Some are just small fenced in areas, like Warren & Madison Heights, while others are made up of acres upon acres of land, like mine and Lucy's favorite in Lake Orion. But, regardless of the size, it is tons of fun to see your dog running around, playing with other dogs, free as can be.
Unfortunately many of these dog parks are a hike for those of you that live in Detroit. Unless you take your dog to Canine to Five, there really isn't anywhere to let your dog run loose and play with other dogs other than your own backyard. Well, thanks to Detroit Dog Park, hopefully that won't be the case for long. This group has a pending 501(c)3 and is taking donations to make the first off-leash dog park in the City of Detroit. Their monetary goal to reach is $15,000 and they have a Kickstarter page that you can donate through. The group started taking donations back on November 17th and within less than a month, they are very close to reaching their goal. But, their kickstarter only lasts until December 17th. So they need your help!
With support from the City of Detroit and backing of numerous groups including the Corktown Business Association, the Roosevelt Park Conservancy and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing this idea could become a reality. However, the group does need to raise the $15,000 in order to make the project happen. If all goes as planned and the funds are raised, the Detroit Dog Park group plans to create this park in Corktown at the site of the dormant Macomb Playlot. The goal is to have the park completed by the summer of 2013, which is just around the corner. The group does have some other vacant properties in Detroit lined up if things don't go as planned, but I think Corktown would be the perfect place for something like this! To check out the awesome designs and ideas the Detroit Dog Park has come up with, head over to their Kickstarter page. While you're there, give them a buck or two or twenty to help them complete this awesome project in the City of Detroit. Your puppy dog will thank you.