Dog Park Updates…

Summer is a time of frivolity and fun for your canine friends. Always looking for a new adventure and to increase their network of friends, they look to you to be their director of dog whimsy. Here is an update on some dog parks to take your furry buddy to in the Northern Lower Michigan area as well as those that are in the works.

Traverse City Dog Park

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The Traverse City Dog Park, Wages West, opened in August of 2012 and is located at the intersections of Division, Bay and Cypress Streets in Traverse City. Rules and guidelines are at this website here.

Otsego County Community Dog Park


The Otsego County Community Dog Park had their grand opening on Saturday, June 28th. The dog park features faucets, drinking fountains and landscaping. For more on the grand opening, please click here.

Ridge Run Dog Park (Boyne City)

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A group is working on establishing a beautiful off-leash dog park in Boyne City called Ridge Run Dog Park. They will have two separate areas – one for larger dogs and another area for dogs 35 lbs. and larger. The fence installation began recently and was scheduled to be done on June 27th. The small dog area was to get fencing the week of June 30th. Although they are still grooming, installing water fountains, signage etc., the park should be available for use as soon as the fencing is complete, and as long as there is no active construction taking place. They will continue to add trees, benches and an additional fenced area to be equipped as an agility course. These will take place as their fundraising efforts afford them. They are planning a Grand Opening event end of August and can email you with details once they are complete.

To learn more about the project, click on their website here. Their Facebook page is here.

Cadillac Dog Park

On Wednesday, July 9th, the Dog Park Advisory Committee will convene at 5:30 in the Cadillac Municipal Bldg.  At this meeting the group will analyze each of the three possible sites looking at both positive and negative aspects of each.  It is hoped that at the end of the meeting one site will be chosen to proceed toward a design followed by a request to City Council. If you are interested in joining the efforts of making the dog park a reality, please contact Bill here through his email address.

Grayling Dog Park

Grayling resident Katie Tinker and others are working towards having a dog park in Grayling. They have organized a board of directors, filed for non-profit status and hope to be fundraising soon. Their main issue is finding land. They are hoping to find land that can be donated to the park and put under the insurance/liability with the county or city park system. They meet every second Tuesday of the month at the American Legion. They have also started a dog walking group that meets every Tuesday at 6 pm at Hanson Hills in Grayling. If it’s raining, they meet at the American Legion. For a link to their Facebook page, please click here.

To read a previous story about starting the dog park, click here.



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