Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Canines Mingle a Dog Park Downtown Is an Essential Amenity

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Canines Mingle a Dog Park Downtown Is an Essential Amenity

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The addition of a dog park Downtown is yet another sign of Pittsburgh keeping up with the times, even if a few years behind the curve.

The Trust for Public Land, in its survey of city parks last year, found that off-leash dog parks "led the pack in new urban parks," up 4 percent since 2015 and a whopping 89 percent over the past decade. As urban dog ownership rises, along with household pets in general, a defined place for canines to frolic will be seen as an urban amenity as essential as grocery stores, public transit and bike lanes.

The sliver of a park, promoted by the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corp., is located at the foot of the Rachel Carson Bridge. The land, part of the Allegheny Riverfront Park, is owned and maintained by the city. But as experience shows, the dog's human companions become good stewards of off-leash areas, self-policing cleanup standards and preserving the integrity of the park. …

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