Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Truth about Parks and Dogs

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Truth about Parks and Dogs

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Dog parks, or off-leash dog areas, have quickly become a leading feature in communities and parks across the country. Although they have been around for almost three decades, dog parks are currently the fastest-growing segment of city parks. Dog parks vary in size and design, but all provide a fun activity space with numerous benefits for dogs, their owners and the communities in which they live. Dog parks are a great addition to any open public space, as they encourage socialization between neighbors and their cherished pets. Most importantly, they provide a place where dogs can exercise and play freely with other dogs. Below, find some interesting stats on dog owners and dog parks across the country.

$7.5 billion: Estimated worth of the dog industry.

83.3 million: Number of dogs owned as pets in the United States as of 2013.

56.7 million: Number of U.S. households with dogs as of 2013.

1979: The year Ohlone Dog Park, the world's first official dog park, was created in Berkeley, California.

1,200: Estimated number of dog parks in operation in the United States.

569: Number of dog parks in the 100 largest cities in the United States as of 2010. …

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