A fresh take on canine fun in the Downtown Muskegon Area! Off Leash dog parks impact our community by building community.
WATCH mUSkeGO Dogs Go! The public dog park is under construction at 793 W. Western, Muskegon, MI 49441 It will open in May 2018.
WATCH mUSkeGOn Dogs Go!
Watch Us Go isn't just a saying, it's a way of thinking in Muskegon; a feeling of pride and community.
Introducing the Downtown Muskegon Dog Park! Watch Us Grow, Watch Us Restore, and Watch Us Build Community in our Downtown corridor.
What will The Downtown Muskegon Dog Park Feature:
The "dog days" of summer will see our whiskered companions playing in the grass and making new friends in the neighborhood. The Downtown Muskegon Dog Park is an inclusive place for all to love.
Size approx 0.7 acres
Separate Large and Small Dog Areas
Natural Grass Turf
Where will the Downtown Muskegon Dog Park be located?
The triangle-shaped lot is located at 793 W. Western Avenue and is known by many locally as the Carpenter Brothers site. The Carpenter Lot is an undeveloped lot in the Nims/Nelson Neighborhoods. It is an odd shaped lot butting up to the railroad tracks. The lot was the home to Carpenter Brothers supply until the building tragically burned. Muskegon County ended up with the property and it has been vacant ever since. The dog park will transform this previously unused, odd lot into something of which these downtown neighborhoods can be proud.
The Downtown Muskegon Dog Park is a "gateway to revitalization" in this area.
How does an Off-Leash Dog Park Impact our community?
We naturally tend to assume that off-leash parks are primarily for the benefit of our beloved dogs, but experienced dog park users know better. Off-leash parks offer just as many benefits to humans as they do to dogs.
Off leash dog parks benefit our pets by allowing for the freedom to run, chase, catch, and interact with other humans and dogs. An exercised dog is healthier and happier, as well as better adjusted to meeting other humans and dogs. Dogs are a great ice-breaker. Connections are made, friendships grow, and a community is built.
From Ali Rutzel, the head of Citizens for Off-Leash Areas (COLA) —
"People say, 'I never knew my neighbors until I went to the dog park.' You meet all these wonderful people and the only thing that you have in common is that you have a dog and that you love dogs - you wouldn't meet these people anywhere else."
About Us: The Downtown Muskegon Dog Park is a community based project incorporating Downtown Muskegon Now, Ellen Berends, The City of Muskegon, Muskegon County, The Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Baker College Vet Tech Program, Watermark Center, The Coffee Factory, Halfshell Graphics, Christopher C. Cordle Designs and the Friends of the Muskegon Dog Beach are excited to reuse this property for a fun, green space. We are a group of dog lovers and fierce advocates of Muskegon.
This is truly For the Community, By the Community.
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