City of Duncan on Tuesday adopted a set of rules and regulations for the new dog park, known as Playday Bark, that will soon take up a portion of Playday Park.
The Playday Bark Dog Park, which will be located in Playday Park on the northwest corner where Cypress Avenue and south 16th street intersect, was approved by Duncan City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 13 after a previous public discussion brought up general concerns from the public, like smells, upkeep and general safety.
The 13 rules approved, according to city documentation, are “necessary for the health and safety of both users of the park and their dogs,” and address some of the concerns residents mentioned.
Some of the rules are basic: No animals allowed other than dogs, no patrons or pups allowed after hours, and only exhibiting “common and customary” activities “for playing with, training and exercising dogs are allowed.”
Another portion of the rules directly answer citizens previous concerns, like safety.
While there is no breed restriction on the park, no aggressive dogs are allowed. The city defines aggressive as “dogs with a known propensity to attack or bite people or other dogs.” Any dog acting aggressively will be removed from the park, city rules state.
Other dogs not allowed in the park include female dogs currently in heat, dogs that do not have a current rabies vaccination tag and dogs that are too young to be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies tags should be affixed to the dogs’ collars or harnesses while at the park.
Another safety measure implemented includes any person in charge of a dog must be at least 16 years old, must not have more than two dogs at a time and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by someone 18 or older.
Since the approval of the park, council has also bid out the fencing for the project to FJ Fencing and Construction for $29,920.30. The fence stands six foot tall and features a separate entrance, “access entrance” for leashing purposes. The park will be divided for big pups and smaller dogs to have their own play areas.
The next rules goes hand in hand with the access entrance, because a dog must be kept on a leash until it is inside the dog park, and a dog must be put back on that leash before it can be taken out of the dog park, which means owners will need to keep leashes readily available, according to the regulations.
Additionally, human food is allowed inside the park and only dog treats are permitted. Initial talks of the dog park included a water fountain, which will have three portions — one for adults, one for children and those with disabilities, and a bottom portion for the dogs.
While dogs are inside the park, they’re allowed to be off the leash, but the owner is responsible for maintaining control of the animal and remain in their eyesight at all times. Owners also assume responsibility for any damage created by their canine to the dog park. For example, if a dog digs a hole, the hole “must be filled in and any turf damage must be repaired,” rules state.
On the sanitary side, patrons of the park are expected to clean up after their furry friends. Any excrement is to be “promptly and completely picked up and properly disposed of” by the person accompanying the animal to the facility. Pooper-scooper stations will be included in the park.
When owners enter the dog park with their companion, they do assume liability and responsibility if anything were to happen, according to city documents. Under the rules, the person in charge of the dog is responsible for any injury to another person or dog, and “any person engaged in any activity assumes all risks associated with such activity and is liable for any damage or injury caused by said activity.”
Lastly, City of Duncan states it holds the right to remove or ban people or dogs violating the rules.
The park, according to Vice Mayor Patty Wininger, will eventually include benches.
Wininger also said all facets of the park will include ADA compliances so the park can be eligible for some grants in the future. Additionally, the park will be overseen by a dog park board which will answer to the City of Duncan’s Parks and Recreation board, then the Parks and Cemetery Director, then the City Manager and finally Duncan City Council for decision making approval.
The opening day of the dog park has not yet been announced, though fundraising for the new facility and some of the amenities continues. Amenities and their total cost, raised through donations, include:
• Shade covers — $4,500.
• Watering station, with plaque — $3,500.
• Waste receptacles, no plaque — $1,000.
• Park bench — $1,000. Benches can include customization from donors which and can take up two lines including graphics, with 18 spaces available per each line.
• Fire hydrant with logo — $750.
• Waste station — $450
Cash donations for general upkeep are also being accepted.
Donation forms and payment can be delivered or mailed to Duncan City Hall, located at 720 W. Willow Ave., Duncan OK 73533, with the attention labeled or Community Development. Donations are payable to “Color Duncan Beautiful,” a registered 501.c.3, and donations are tax deductible.
For questions, contact Community Development Director Nate Schacht by calling 580-251-7715 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.