A City Full of Dogs - and Empty Land
You've seen the pervasive image of Detroit - run-down, burnt-out and desolate. But there's another Detroit -the one we're part of - with vibrant communities, thriving families and young professionals who love their pets.
Detroit Dog Park wants to give something the city of Detroit has never truly had - an off-leash dog park. Right now, for us to give our pups a place to play, we have to head out of town or host pop-up dog parks that have no permanent home. Yet here we are In a city with parcel after parcel of unused and underutilized land. Put the need for a park together with the need to promote good land use and we see no reason why Detroit can't be like other cities, boasting a proper, off-leash dog park.
Corktown = Barktown. Our location.
We're looking to set up shop in Corktown, Detroit's oldest neighborhood. Years of strong investment has made this neighborhood a destination for Detroiters and visitors alike. They come for the coffee, the renowned barbeque, watering holes for every taste, and they come for history. Corktown is home to Detroit's iconic Michigan Central Station and the old Detroit Tigers ballpark.
We are working with the city to recommission Macomb Playlot, a playground in Corktown that has sat dormant for many years. Our plan, as you can see in our drawings, is not just to create a dog park, but to create a park for people to come together and help build community. We have entered into an agreement with the city for three years to improve and maintain the park in exchange for making it an off-leash dog park. We are so grateful to the city of Detroit and the General Services Department for working with us to make this a reality.
We are excited to have the support of several area businesses, community groups and city officials. Among them are the Corktown Business Association, the Roosevelt Park Conservancy and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. We also have the support of the local Corktown community, many of whom are dog-owners. They all recognize our goal: To bring an economic and social amenity to Detroit - a reason to move here, a reason to visit, a reason to support what the city is going to become.
Throw us a bone, will ya!? Donate!
Detroit Dog Park is a budding 501(c)3 non-profit run by a board of seven volunteers with expertise in everything from law to landscape architecture. While we can't offer you a tax-deduction through Kickstarter, some of our friends have put together the wonderful rewards you see to your right as our way of saying thank you.
Our goal is to have the park up and running by early summer 2013. To do this, we will depend on volunteers to help us with everything from construction to spreading the word. Our plans below are preliminary - there will be community meetings for Corktown residents and dog park users to tell us what you want in a park for people with dogs. There will be opportunities to share in the design and implementation of the park. Keep up with us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/detroitdogpark. Visit our website, www.detroitdogpark.org.
We feel strongly that this park belongs to you, our community of Detroit-lovers and dog-lovers, so that's why we're asking you to pitch in a few bucks to get us going. The $15,000 we are asking for is a fraction of our start-up costs, so anything we raise above it will feed into our initial costs, and hopefully, future maintenance.
The dogs of Detroit need a place to play, and through your kindness, we can unleash the best of this wonderful city. Contact us with questions. Share this with your friends. Bark loud for Detroit Dog Park. We thank you.
Risks and challenges
The possibility exists that we may not be approved to use the city property we are currently applying to maintain. If so, we will redirect our efforts to another property in the city's central districts.
The possibility exists that we may have to significantly alter our site design to meet zoning and code requirements, but we are prepared to do so and have an urban designer and a lawyer on our Board of Directors.
The possibility exists that unforeseen issues will render our projected costs insufficient. If so, we will adjust our plan as needed and continue to raise funds with the goal of a June 2013 opening.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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