After years of waiting, Kingsman Field Dog Park is finally open. Most of us have been used to the free and easy ways of our neighborhood parks, which have been used as unofficial dog parks for many years. But Kingsman Field is a little different and Hill Hounds was kind enough to put together some tips and recommendations for its use.
From the Hill Hounds website:
1. With the double-gated entry, please NEVER open the main gate when there is an unleashed dog in the entry area. Please wait until the owner of the dog in the entry area has had a chance to re-leash him or her.
2. Please try to keep your dogs from forming a “welcome committee” to those entering the park. There have been a few incidences of aggression between those inside and those trying to enter. Things are calmer once everyone is inside and not feeling cornered or intruded upon.
3. We have a small dog area (gate on the right of the entry area) and a main play area (gate on the left of the entry area). All dogs are welcome in the main play area, regardless of size. But if your dog is small enough to get picked on by larger dogs, is older and needs a more tame play environment, etc, the small dog area is there for your use.
4. Be sure all dogs remain on-leash until inside the double-gated area. The walkway from the D Street sidewalk is an entrance to the dog park, the playing field and the basketball court. Therefore, we need to be curteous to the users of these other resources and keep our dogs on-leash when we’re not in the park.
5. Please make sure to comply with the Department of Parks and Recreation Dog Park Rules.
Nichole Remmert is fundraising and outreach chair of the board of Hill Hounds.