Many dog owners bring their dogs to Clark Park. If you own a dog, please
follow the following rules:
Always keep your dog on a leash.
This is the law of the City of Philadelphia.
And it's important to recognize that not everyone is as comfortable
with dogs as you are.
Always pick up after your pet.
Not everyone is as comfortable
with dog poop either.
Never allow dogs in playgrounds.
Children may not know your dog all
that well, and your dog may not be used to children.
Don't let dogs dig
Not only do these create problems for people walking in the
park, but the holes are never large enough for trees.
And please be responsible and control your pet at all times.
For just $20, your dog can sponsor refills for the "Mutt Mitts" container
in Clark Park. for
Local Dog Parks
Chester Avenue Dog
Club operates a fenced dog park at 48th & Chester.
All dog owners are welcome to join. Fees are $50 a year, covering
maintenance and insurance. Call 215-748-3440 to join.
Why Clark Park does not have a Dog Park
In 2003, in response to concerns raised by parents and dog owners, FoCP President
Tony West convened a special Dog Committee to examine issues regarding dogs and
children in Clark Park. The Dog Committee evaluated several actions proposed to reduce
any dangers or discomforts, including fences, stricter leash-law enforcement,
organization of dog owners, and the construction of a dedicated Dog Park. These are summarized in a Status Report of April 2004. The Committee endorsed two recommendations: the construction of a dedicated Dog Park, and stricter leash-law enforcement.
The FoCP and its members needed to have a more detailed understanding of a Dog Park project before making and decisions. Committee members Stephen Fisher and Linda Amsterdam assembled a more
detailed proposal for a dog park. This proposal outlined such issues as location, costs,
maintenance issues, and the impact a Dog Park might have on the use of Clark Park.
Their proposal had an estimated cost of $30,000 and
$70,000. The Planning Committee also spoke with representatives from other city
Dog Parks, to better understand their successes, failures, and what Clark Park might expect.
On September 22nd, 2004, the FoCP Planning Committee voted 4-2 to not support the
construction of a Dog Park. The Planning Committee also voted unanimously to move
that Friends of Clark Park advocate the enforcement of leash laws.
On December 13th, 2004, the FoCP Board voted 6-4 (with 1 abstention) to support construction of a dog park along the lines of the proposal submitted. In addition, the
Board voted 8-0 (with 3 abstentions) to advocate enforcement of leash laws in the park.
On January 18, 2005, the FoCP Membership was presented with materials regarding the proposal. Our newsletter ran Pro and Con articles, and included many of the details assembled by Stephen and Linda. The FoCP Membership voted to advocate leash enforcement, but voted 87-22 to not recommend that a Dog Park be built.