Less than one-third of today's children are active to a healthy level, which consists of 25 minutes of high-calorie-burning physical activity three times a week. One of the best ways to get kids up and playing outside is to create a space that's not only friendly for kids but also friendly for their dogs.
Here's a simple guide to help you create and develop a dog park that makes both the dogs and the kids in your neighborhood excited to play outside.
Have a general plan
As with any large-scale idea, it's important to have a general plan about what you'd like your neighborhood dog park to include. An initial plan will help you determine what kind of equipment you need and how the park's layout will be designed.
Once you've come up with a generalized plan, you can modify your ideas from there. For instance, once you've decided you'd like agility equipment for the dogs at your park you can determine how much and what types of equipment you'd like. The same idea goes for playground equipment for your local kids.
Be sure your dog park is welcoming
For a dog park to be considered successful, it needs to be popular with all neighbors in the area and not just the dog owners. With that in mind, consider including factors in your dog park that would appeal to everyone such as a park bench and drinking fountain.
You also want to make sure the park is visually appealing. Attractive fencing, artwork, gardening, and healthy grass are all parts of an attractive dog park.
Additionally, it's good to have open communication with the people in the area. Feedback on your dog park can help you improve or remove aspects of the park that may not be to the community's liking.
Don't forget your replacement parts
Every good park and playground needs maintenance now and then to stay in the best possible condition. That being said, be sure to take a look at your park's playground supplies and dog park agility equipment on a regular basis to determine when to purchase replacement parts to keep park users from getting hurt.
If your neighborhood park is in need of replacement parks, trash cans, or swing set hardware, Discount Playground Supply has everything you need. Contact Discount Playground Supply today for more information.