As a Dog Walker How Much Would You Contribute to the Scottsdale Chaparral Dog Park?
March 21, 2011
As a frequent visitor to the Chaparral Dog Park, I must put in my two cents involving its recent attention. Since the park costs $100,000 annually to operate, The City of Scottsdale put out a survey in February of 2011 to ask visitors how much they would be willing to contribute to the park.
The City brought up the idea of an annual membership. My question is, what will the cost be of securing the park to only members? Does the cost of the documentation for a membership wipe out the $100 put towards the park? Where and from whom will I pick up my dog’s pass?
To this matter there is a simple solution: close off the dog park at unsafe temperatures during the summer. As a pet sitter I was asked to do a dog park trip in the middle of a 110 degree day. These temperatures are too hot for dogs to be out in even if your dog has accumulated to the weather of the Valley. Closing the park when it is unhealthy for our animals will reduce maintenance costs.
As for donations to the dog park, it is up to the dog owners to decide what they will contribute. I personally believe if dog park lovers see positive changes to the park they will be more than happy to donate. The park attracts an estimated 300,000 visitors a year. If everyone paid one dollar, the park would be receiving roughly $200,000 dollars which will double the amount of funding for the dog park.
What do you say, Fido?