Warmer weather could bring more visitors to Madison dog parks

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 --- 10:15 p.m.

They call them "man's best friend" -- and according to Laura Whitmore from Madison Parks, Madison is actually one of the best places to have them.

"We are ranked in the top five for dog parks," Whitmore explained. More specifically, she clarified that it meant Madison is under the top 5 in the nation with regards to off-leash dog parks.

There are plenty of parks in Madison.*

"Dogs are our companion, dogs are a lot of fun, and dogs need exercise," Whitmore said.

She also said that there are rules. "Number one, get a rabies shot," she said, adding that owners need a dog license -- and a permit if they plan on using the parks.

Those park permits come with a price tag.

They're $30 for an annual pass, or $5 for a single day pass, and can be purchased in person or online.

Raymond Karas is a frequent dog park visitor.

"I came down here very day this winter except one day when it was twelve below," Karas said.

He adopted 7-year-old Pepper from the humane society.

"It gives a dog a place to exercise, and you can let them run free," he said.

Karas also said that he is in favor of the rules and fees because "it keeps it sanitary".

According to Whitmore, 100 percent of the fees collected are invested back into dog parks -- so that all the four-legged-friends have a place to let loose.

*For a full list off all the parks in Madison, click HERE.

In preparation for warmer temperatures, Madison Parks is holding their annual dog park clean-up day this Saturday.

The times and locations are as follows:

Warner Park, Quann Park: 9am - 12pm; Brittingham Park, Demetral Park, McCormick Green Space, Sycamore Park: 10am - 12pm; Odana School Park: no time specified.

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