Thursday July 16, 2015
It’s not only humans who are itching to get out and run and walk in South Burlington’s parks, our dogs also benefit from the fresh air and exercise. If you are looking for a fenced in, off-leash spot, where you can let Fido socialize and explore, look no further than South Burlington’s very own dog park on Kirby Road.
From 2008-2010, a dog park committee made up of South Burlington residents who were appointed by the city council began working with then Recreation and Parks Director, Tom Hubbard, the City Planner, and Public Works Director to consider potential locations for a dog park.
The committee was chaired by Lisa Ventriss and included Jamie Heins, Joan Jarvis, Howard Goldberg, Lori Valburn, and Claire Williams. As a group, the members explored various locations and investigated their feasibility. Among sites under consideration were South Village, Dorset Park, Butler Farms, the landfill, and even Red Rocks. After reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of each site, as well as the operating costs of comparable parks in the area such as Starr Farm Dog Park in Burlington, the Kirby road location was selected. The land was provided as part of a lease agreement with the Burlington International Airport at no cost and the facility was built using Recreation Impact Fees.
What can your canine companion expect at this park? 2.1 open acres invite exploration for you and your four-legged friend. The park features both large and small dog areas, where no dogs over 30 pounds are allowed. The South Burlington Community Dog Park, at the end of Kirby Road off Airport Parkway, is surrounded by a five-foot tall fence and includes several picnic tables. You can visit the park year round, everyday from 7 a.m. to dusk. There is water, shade, and a plethora of opportunities for dog watching, if, like me, you don’t have a dog, but love watching their antics.
Typical rules apply at the dog park. You must pick up after your pet, no more than two dogs per owner are allowed in an area at a time, and all dogs must have valid licenses and vaccinations. In addition, dogs must be removed at the first sign of aggression since owners are ultimately responsible for maintaining control by voice or hand commands. Park signage notes that the park is subject to loud noise from the airport and aircraft - something to be aware of since some dogs are more sensitive than others to loud noises.
Want to help your neighborhood dog park? The dog park is always looking for volunteers, whether your skills are in fundraising, supervision, public relations, or planning special activities for the park. The Recreation and Parks Department would love to hear from you! Call 802-846-4108.
SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent