A group of us Old Fourth Ward neighbors got together a couple of years ago and decided we needed more dog parks, and even larger dog parks closer to Downtown, where most homeowners don’t have a lot of land. Since there are so many condo and apartment dog dwellers, the problem we discovered was finding large tracts of land in Downtown Atlanta that weren't already developed. The answer was right in front of us all the time. Atlanta is a city of highways and some of those highways have huge areas of unused land next to them. One of the best examples of this is Freedom Parkway in the Old Fourth Ward. Thus, the idea of the Freedom Barkway Dog Park was born.
It’s now been almost two years since that first group of neighbors got together and started going through the various Government departments (state, city and county) and neighborhood organizations to obtain approvals and listen to ideas. Now here we are with Phase I (fence and dog waste stations) ready to open on March 21st!
The next phase is where we need your immediate support and that will include the dog/human water fountains for our four and two-legged friends.
We are excited that we have support from the Atlanta Parks & Recreation Department, City Councilman Kwanza Hall, Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, Freedom Parkway Conservancy and businesses like Barking Hound Village, Epic Development, Perennial Properties, The Masquerade and Desperate Housewares.
But we need your help too!
So if you love dogs and you love Atlanta, then you are our kind of people!
Donate right now to show man’s best friend that Atlanta is their best friend too!
Risks and challenges
We should not face any permitting issues for the water meter and water lines that run to the initial water hydrants that will be installed by the City of Atlanta Parks & Recreation Department.
The water meter installation by the City of Atlanta Watershed Management faces a challenge since the active water line that is close to the entrance of Freedom Barkway is old and used cast iron pipe that may need to be replaced prior to water meter installation.
Once the meter is in place, then the distance that the water line needs to run to the two hydrants (one for the large dog and one for the small dog areas) that the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department has agreed to install is very short and should go rather quickly.
The biggest challenge we face with Phase II – Pet/Human Water Fountain installation is pouring the appropriate size concrete pads to avoid erosion and mud around the fountain when in use.
Once the water lines are in place, the funding drive is successful and the water fountains have been purchased and arrived, the installation of the two concrete pads and the water fountains should be completed and ready for use in 2-3 days.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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