Pennswood Village Opens Park for Furry Friends
Before this summer, dog owners at Pennswood Village had to leave campus to let their beloved pets run off-leash and play with one another. Now that the newly constructed dog park is open right here on Pennswood’s campus, residents have a safe, open space available to allow their dogs to socialize, play with one another, and spend more time off-leash. (Of course our 82 acre campus and all of our walking trails still remain pet friendly, however dogs must be on a leash, except for the dog park.)
“Before the dog park, we had to put our dogs in the car and take them to the park,” says Elaine Daniels, a Pennswood resident who led the charge for the park’s installation. “We formed a committee to work on the idea, created a contract with detailed information, and presented it to the Pennswood Village Residents Association.”
The Landscaping Committee, a group of about 15 residents and several staff members, organized the effort, obtained approval from the board, and then staff installed the fence and equipment.
Part of the process included gathering a list of requirements for residents and their dogs to use the park. Dogs are required to be up to date on their immunizations, be a certain age, and their owners must provide water and clean up after their pets. These rules ensure the safety of every person and pet who chooses to use the park. After signing a copy of the rules, any resident dog owner at Pennswood is free to use the amenity.
The dog park is a spacious, fenced-in patch of green about 100 feet by 50 feet. The 5 foot tall wooden fence ensures that dogs are safe and secure within the park. It also includes a double fenced entrance, so residents can take their dogs off the leash in a safe environment, but before letting them in to play. The park also has a bench, which is not only a great place to relax while enjoying your pets, but doubles as a storage location for toys and water dishes.”
The park offers an opportunity for residents who don’t own pets to interact with dogs. Residents are welcome to visit the park to play with and watch their neighbor’s four-legged friends.
“I came to Pennswood because they are very pet friendly,” says Elaine. “Anytime dogs are welcome, it makes a big difference in people’s lives.”
To visit the new Pennswood Village dog park, or to learn more about our campus, give us a call at 866-740-4977.