Does Ferndale Need a Dog Park?

One resident started a Facebook page this month to support the idea of a dog park in the city.

Would you like to see Ferndale have a dog park?

Resident Derek Kuschel would, and he recently started a Facebook page where those who agree can discuss the idea and think of ways to help make it happen.

"I'm looking into some areas that would be good sites for the park, and hopefully we can get some more Likes on the page and some attention from the city," he told Patch.

Kuschel says he has a tiny backyard and would like a place where his dog can get some exercise.

"I noticed a lot of people over the summer taking their dogs inside that fenced in area in front of that school/church on Woodward just north of Marshall. Then I remembered the parks I've seen when I go to visit my friends in Brooklyn or Austin," he said. "It was nice for the residents there too as they probably wouldn't have met their neighbors otherwise."

[Find the Facebook page: "Ferndale Needs a Dog Park."]

Kuschel says he would help take care of a dog park, if the city were to have one, and he thinks other residents would too.

Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter said a dog park is something that could be considered as the city starts a re-evaluation of its Parks Master Plan soon.

"There's a lot more we could do to fully utilize our parks, and the city is open to creative ideas to increase participation in them. Dog parks are certainly a use I think our residents would appreciate, but there's other good ideas, too," Coulter said. "I'd love for those who are passionate about our parks to join with us in creating a plan that looks at all the potential uses, including dog parks."

What do you think?

Would you take your dog to a dog park if Ferndale had one? Where would you like it to be? Do you visit any other dog parks in the area? Tell us in the comments section below!

Ferndale Resident October 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Jessica, has anything more been said about any plans to build a pool? I know this isn't directly related to this article, but I figure you'd know more than I about it, and the discussion about the pool seems to have died down a bit recently.
LopeintheD October 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Many of us here in Ferndale have small yards, which can be limiting to anyone who has dogs that are very active or larger breeds...THEY LOVE THE RUN FREE. I used to visit the "Bark Park" in Lake Orion (before moving to Ferndale) and my dogs LOVED IT. Was huge and so much fun watching all of the dogs play. This is a great idea!
Jessica Schrader October 22, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I don't think there's been any official discussions or plans, but recreation director Jill Manchik was researching the issue in late August when we did the story about the Facebook page the resident made (https://www.facebook.com/FerndalePool). I'll keep you updated if I hear anything!
Paulette Krist October 22, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I am a dog walker in the area and lots of my clients have a pass to the Pleasant Ridge dog park. I live in Ferndale too but it is available to anyone although the fee for a non-resident is higher. It is very nice but I would also like one in Ferndale.
AdamR October 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I'm surprised people are still asking about a pool. It does not seem very realistic or cost effective. Maybe in pleasant ridge where property values continue to rise along with tax collections but not in Ferndale. A dog park is much more logical. As a dog owner, I would love to hear more discussions of Ferndale getting a dog park .
Ferndale_1986 October 22, 2012 at 05:01 PM
in a word, NO. in three words, NO BIG TIME. Birmingham tried it and was rightfully sued by residents and the dog park was abandoned. It's call legal precedent, people.
Ferndale Resident October 22, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I'm by no means into real estate, but wouldn't having a pool raise property values and draw people to live in the city? The same could also be said of a dog park to a lesser extent.
LopeintheD October 22, 2012 at 05:28 PM
What happened?
etx October 22, 2012 at 07:02 PM
^ [Citation Needed] The new Dog Park in Birmingham IS open. The previous park was closed after legal issues related to the usage restrictions placed on the deed. It was probably just a grumpy old cat owner complaining about it, much like yourself. http://birmingham.patch.com/articles/dog-park-opens-with-rain-happy-pooches
Easydude October 23, 2012 at 02:08 AM
With everything that happens in the city. The issue of a dog park has sparked a great interest.
Pamela Bartz October 23, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I would bring my dog to a dog park. She would love the chance to meet other dogs and run free with new friends. I would even be willing to help with upkeep.
Carey Gustafson April 17, 2013 at 08:13 PM
The Ferndale Pool Campaign page was designed to discuss and incubate ideas, get a headcount of interested locals and have some fun. Although it would be righteous, I don't think a pool can be kickstarted!
Motown Voice April 17, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Delicious, ETX. Well done.
Amanda Sommerfeld June 15, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Ferndale ABSOLUTELY needs a dog park! There are so many pooches in the area whose owners obviously prioritize taking them out for exercise. No matter what time of day it always seems there are folks out walking their dogs. But, at least for my dog and I'm certainly for so many others, walking (and even running) only goes so far. I can't give my dog the kind of workout she needs on my own-- she only gets that by playing with other four-legged friends. Plus, dog parks are great for community building, which Ferndale Is all about!! I would be very willing to organize/petition/talk to city council to gets things moving again but am not sure where to start. Any suggestions? Co-conspirators?


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