“An initiative to explore how Montgomery Parks can help meet the desire for dog facilities in higher-density areas of Montgomery County. “
Montgomery Parks recognizes the desire for dog park facilities in the County, particularly in higher-density areas of the County, where residents are less likely to have a yard.
Resident input, staff research, park and recreation industry trends, and the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan has strongly indicated a growing desire for dog facilities in the park system.
The Dog Parks Site Suitability (DPSS) Study will be used as a reference tool for future park design and development projects. It may also help identify locations for temporary pop-up dog park events such as the “Yappy Hour” at Elm Street Park.
This is a suitability study to investigate possible options for future dog parks. Sites identified in this study do not guarantee the construction of a future dog park facility, nor limit the possibility of a dog park facility at other parks in the County.
Please note, a major tenet of the Montgomery Parks mission is to steward parks natural and historic resources and “… balance demand for recreation with the need for conservation”. Likewise, we are bound by the Environmental Guidelines and cannot build new dog parks in environmentally sensitive areas, such as stream buffers, floodplains, and forested areas.
The study will:
The highest scoring parks were then evaluated by Park Management and Operations staff in each Park Management region using their day-to-day knowledge of park maintenance and operations to determine the feasibility of each candidate site.
The next step is to solicit public input on these highest scoring parks. Once the review is complete, the Study will provide a list of preferred sites for future implementation by the Park Development Division as facility planning opportunities arise.
Locations suggested by this study do not limit the possibility of a dog park facility at other parks in the County. Ideas and comments from the public are welcomed throughout the study process. Visit Montgomery Parks Open Town Hall webpage to review the parks in each Regional Services Center area:
Maps of Candidate Sites in the Regional Services Center area can be viewed here:
The chart below shows the approximate plan schedule. The timing may be subject to change.
|Potential sites ranking and scoring||Complete|
|Park Management and Operations Staff potential sites review||Complete|
|Spring||Solicited public input on candidate park sites using the Montgomery Parks Open Town Hall web page through May 31, 2019||Complete|
|Summer||Presentation of updates to the Montgomery County Planning Board, Thursday, June 13, 2019*
Montgomery Regional Office (MRO)
|Hand-off to Park Development Division|
|2020||Development of Concept Plan(s) for Implementation|
*Date and time subject to change. Please visit the Montgomery Planning Board Agenda webpage for updates.
As noted above, locations identified in this study do not preclude the possibility of a dog park facility at other parks in the County. Ideas and comments from the public are welcome throughout the process. The public is welcome to: