Join Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP) on Saturday, May 2 for “Spring Bark” at Playtime Doggy Daycare (528 S. 108th Street in West Allis) from 4-7 PM. ROMP’s second annual Spring Bark event will celebrate the new dog exercise areas (DEAs) opening in Milwaukee County this summer and raise money to help cover the cost of dog waste bags provided to dog park visitors.
Playtime Doggy Daycare has both a large enclosed outdoor and indoor area for dogs to play so no matter the weather, dogs and their human companions can socialize. Spring Bark will also feature adoptable dogs from Humane Milwaukee and Brew City Canines along with several other vendors from local pet-related businesses. The event is free but donations are requested at the door and ROMP will also host a raffle during the event.
This summer, four new DEAs will open in Milwaukee County at Estabrook Park, Currie Park, Lake Park, and Bay View Park bringing the total to six legally, designated areas where dogs can run free and play safe off-leash. These will be the first DEAs established within existing Milwaukee County Parks and will range from 1.5 to 4 acres. Milwaukee County currently has two DEAs, the Runway and Granville. There are plans to fence in the Granville dog park this summer making all DEAs within the county fenced in.
ROMP spokesperson, Robin Barry, says “Work has already begun at Estabrook and we’re really very excited to now be able to share plans with the public. At our Spring Bark event, ROMP members will be on hand to provide information about the new dog parks and sell annual dog park permits. We hope dogs and their human companions can join us to learn about how they can get involved and support Milwaukee dog parks.”
At the Runway DEA, dog owners are required to purchase a daily pass for $5 or an annual permit for $20 to use the dog park. The same permit will now be required of dog owners to use the new DEAs. To obtain a permit, your dog must be licensed within your municipality and have proof of a current rabies vaccination (either a rabies tag or certificate from a vet). For information about the permits, visit http://www.countyparks.gov. Dog owners wanting to purchase a permit at the event must have a valid license and rabies tag or certificate with them. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted for permit purchases.