Perry Paw Dog Park--Action needed

We could really use a few minutes of your time to help make Perry Paw Dog Park a reality. Please read


    As many of you know, we have been working toward building the Perry Paw Dog Park to be located at Honeygo Regional Park. The Perry Paw Dog Park committee has been approved as a self-operating entity within the Perry Hall Recreation Council.

    We began this mission with the understanding that Baltimore County had no funding available for a dog park. To date, Baltimore County has fully funded two dog parks – (Paw Point Dog Park and Hannah More Dog Park). Perry Paw Dog Park was the third proposed dog park in the County and first to be accountable for its own funding. While this was not exactly how we had hoped to move forward, we understood that current economic conditions affect this type of financial support and we accepted the challenge. The Department of Parks and Recreation granted use of a designated location at Honeygo Regional Park, but funding all additional costs involved is currently left to the citizens and businesses willing to support its construction. Over the past year, we have raised approximately $20,000. For that, we are truly grateful.

    Much more money is needed in order to make Perry Paw Dog Park a reality. We were told that the fourth proposed dog park will be in Dundalk and it will receive County funding. There will now be a total of four dog parks in Baltimore County with only one having to pay its own way. We are without a clear explanation as to why. Why should the Perry Hall residents be the only County citizens to have to pay for their dog park?

    Our County Councilman, David Marks, has been a strong advocate for our dog park and helped secure the location and obtain funding. Other elected officials, such as Senator Kathy Klausmeier and Delegate Eric Bromwell have also helped. Not only will we continue to ask for donations, but we are asking you to contact our County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz to ask for his support by providing funding for Perry Paw Dog Park. Kevin Kamenetz is currently developing the County’s budget to present to the County Council.

    Now is the time to let him know we want funding for the Perry Paw Dog Park. We need everyone’s help. We’ve heard from you. We know that you want this park. Now, we need Mr. Kamenetz to hear you, too. Please contact our County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz to ask for his support by providing funding for Perry Paw Dog Park.

    Here’s his contact info
    County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
    400 Washington Avenue, Mailstop 2M01A
    Old Courthouse Mezzanine
    Towson, Maryland 21204

    Phone: 410-887-2450
    Fax: 410-887-4049

Please be firm but polite and ask for his help.

Please visit our website and Facebook page for info as it becomes available.


The Perry Paw Dog Park Committee

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LM February 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Thanks Paul for letting Gomer know that the dog park is not free and we have to pay a membership.
Jeanne February 13, 2013 at 02:53 PM
We have gone to a couple of differnt dog parks in differnt counties and there was never a need for a keycard or a membership fee. One of the risk of a dog park is your dog could have all the needed shots but another dog coming in might not. When you go to the parks you are aware of this in advance. The only reason for a keycard is to keep track of all the dogs in the park having all their shots but it is not a guarentee since when you open the gate to leave someone else can walk in with their dog that doesn't have a keycard. If I have to pay to take my dog to play off the leash I will continue to take him to camp where the dogs have all gotten their shots, if you don't have proof your dog is sent away, and it is clean.
Paul Amirault February 13, 2013 at 05:55 PM
The other two operating Dog Parks in Baltimore County both charge membership fees which reduces the burden of maintenance/improvement costs for the County.
Acts Like Summer March 14, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I always assumed that as it stands now, the dog park area at honeygo park's maintenance is funded by parks and rec (please correct me if I am wrong). Why is there a need for separate funding? Water supply and key-card access are luxury items that do not need to be added right now. A fence would be the only reasonable addition. If enough money has been raised for proper fencing, just hire someone to build it (otherwise a grant just to cover that cost would be needed) and let parks and rec keep paying for it's maintenance. Additional funds could be secured by renting out the space (like you would the fields or pavilions) for private functions, by animal clubs, or for dog obedience courses. As it is now that area gets a nice amount of traffic by responsible owners who have control of their dogs. Whenever I go there, these responsible owners bring plenty of bags and water. I kind of like that there is no fence because I have control of my dog, and know that other dogs who go will also be well-behaved. It would be nice to have the addition of a fence but I don't see the need for anything else if the county is hesitant to provide more funds.
Becca Cutler March 16, 2013 at 07:02 PM
That's a very poorly run dog park then - I've visited many, and they were mostly very clean, grassy and delightful. I'm deeply disappointed that the Honeygo dog park has been stalled and would certainly expect and demand good management when it comes to fruit. The good ones require membership, which includes verification of up-to-date vaccinations and understanding and commitment to rules - which include using a pooper-scooper.


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