Illinois Dog Park Survey

By Dyke, Peter; Phillips, Michael | Parks & Recreation, September 2000 | Go to article overview

Illinois Dog Park Survey


Dyke, Peter, Phillips, Michael, Parks & Recreation


Off leash dog facilities provide an attractive environment where dog owners can exercise their dogs. The social experience also extends to the human side of the equation.

Parks serve multiple purpose: they provide an escape from the realities of everyday life, a chance to unwind and be with nature at its bucolic best. Parks also exist as social gathering places where friends can get together to play a game of touch football or softball, or as place to bring man's best friend, his dog.

This has become more common as dog ownership has exploded in the United States, and is evidenced by the proliferation of dog parks opening across the country in recent years. From San Francisco to Seattle to Minneapolis, park districts are setting aside open space in existing parks or developing stand-alone dog parks where dogs can run off-leash.

The reasons that park districts are looking at developing dog parks are twofold: first and foremost, park districts see dog parks as a way to bring order to an existing park system. In many parks, conflicts between dogs and people are becoming more common every day, with numerous incidents of dogs biting people and dogs scaring them away from the parks. Dogs can also cause other problems that infringe upon peoples' enjoyment of parks, such as dog waste and noise, but dog parks give districts more control over the situation by reducing these potential conflicts and separating dog owners and non-dog owners.

On the other hand, many parks around the country enforce policies that prohibit dogs in parks or permit them only if they are leashed. Because of this, dog owners feel as though they are being squeezed out of the existing parks, and are becoming more vocal in their desire for more land dedicated to off-leash dog use. This is the second reason that several Illinois park districts are developing dog parks.

What impact have the dog parks had on existing park systems and what does this movement mean for the future? To better understand this new trend in park design, Thompson Dyke & Associates in Northbrook, Illinois recently conducted a survey of 139 Illinois park districts to obtain their opinions on dog parks. Survey respondents were divided into three main categories: Park districts that had a dog park, park districts that did not have a dog park, and park districts that were considering developing a dog park.

Of the 70 Illinois park districts that responded to the survey, 10 of them already had dog parks. For the most part, these parks have been enthusiastically received by their communities. According to the park districts, the dog parks have provided a safe, off-leash environment where people can bring their pets. Also, by bringing a positive attribute to their communities, the park districts are reaping the benefits of good public relations.

One of the main issues for developing dog parks is location, which can mean the difference between success or failure. Many existing dog parks in Illinois are either sub-areas of larger nature preserves or separate, standalone dog parks. Most Illinois park districts have incorporated dog parks into their existing park systems by setting aside a separate section of their parks for off-leash dog use. While dogs are not allowed in one area of the park, in another section dogs are allowed on a leash and in another section dogs are allowed off-leash. This has led to confusion over park rules, as different rules apply to each section of the park.

Such is the case at a dog park in Hinsdale, Illinois, where there are no physical boundaries to separate the dog park from the rest of the park. This has resulted in some user conflicts, where people leave the off-leash dog areas and go into areas where dogs must be on leash. Although the dog park does have fencing, this has not solved the problem. According to the park district, the community response to the dog park has been generally negative because of the various user conflicts. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Illinois Dog Park Survey
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.