Help keep your dog park clean!!

Join ROMP on Sat, May 21 from 10 am – 1 pm at the Runway DEA for our annual
clean-up event. Help spread mulch, pick up garbage and stray piles. Bring your
own shovel and pooper scooper. ROMP will pprovide coffee and water. Volunteers
will be entered into a drawing for some prizes and Milwaukee Dog Park

Spring is a great time to visit Milwaukee County Dog Exercise Area’s -Be a responsible dog owner when visiting a DEA

Milwaukee, Wisconsin  – May 3, 2010 – Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to take your dog to off-leash dog exercise area (DEAs). Milwaukee County Parks System now offers four DEAs – Granville, Runway, Currie and Estabrook. Two additional DEAs are being planned for 2010.

Granville DEA – 11718 W. Good Hope Place

On the border of Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee’s first dog park offers over 10 acres of terrain including grass-covered hills, open fields, woody trails and access to a river. This DEA is NOT fenced-in.

Runway DEA – 1214 E Rawson Avenue

Located in Oak Creek, Milwaukee’s largest dog park offers 26 acres of fenced in space for dogs to run free and play safe. The DEA features a separate fenced in small dog area, ¼, ½ and ¾ mile wood-chipped trails and a covered pavilion with picnic tables.

Currie Park DEA – 3535 N. Mayfair Road

Located in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee’s newest dog park offers 1.5 acres of fenced-in space with trees and benches on a hill overlooking the golf course and parkway.

Estabrook Park DEA – 4400 N. Estabrook Drive

Located in Shorewood, this 3 acre fenced in DEA is located within a historic park with trees, benches and separate small dog area.

To use these DEAs, you need an annual permit. Also, all dogs must be licensed, with proof of current rabies immunization, by your respective municipality before entering any DEA in Milwaukee County. The 2010 annual permit fee for residents of Milwaukee County is $25 with discounts for seniors and persons with disabilities. Permits for each additional dog in a household are only $5 per dog. Daily passes are also available for purchase for $5.

Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP) shares some “petiquette” to keep in mind when visiting a dog park:

  • First time users should consider coming at off-peak times when the DEA is less crowded for their initial visit. Keep your first few visits short to get your dogs used to the environment especially if they are not used to socializing with other dogs.
  • Please watch your dog closely. Walk with your dog and observe their play behavior. If your dog is aggressive or disruptive in any way, please put them on a leash immediately and leave the park.
  • Help keep the DEAs clean. ALWAYS SCOOP YOUR DOG’S POOP!!! Bags are provided, use them. Trash, cigarette butts, and anything else on the ground may end up in a dog’s mouth.
  • Choke, prong, or spiked collars are not allowed inside the off-leash area. Each of these collar types can result in injury to its wearer, another dog, or a person depending on the situation.
  • No children under the age of 16 are allowed unless closely supervised at all times. While it is not recommended, children are welcome – however, child’s play is not. This is a playground for dogs, not children. Be sure you teach your child how to behave properly in a dog park environment.

“Keep in mind that everyone at the dog park wants the same thing – socialized dogs that can have fun together. Follow the rules and petiquette posted at the parks to ensure our DEAs will continue to be a place where dogs and run free and play,” says Robin Barry, ROMP board president.

 ROMP advocates for dedicated off-leash dog exercise areas in Milwaukee County and educates the community about responsible dog ownership. For more information about ROMP, DEA permits and locations, visit

Dog Parks Have Increased in Milwaukee County Parks

(Milwaukee)- Last year the Milwaukee County Parks Department added two  Dog Exercise Areas for dog owners in Milwaukee County.  They are the Dog Exercise Area in Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Rd., and the Dog Exercise Area in Estabrook Park, 4400 N. Estabrook Drive.  These permit-based areas offer daily and annual passes for admission where dogs may run unleashed.  Open hours are every day of the week from dawn till dusk.

 With the additional two sites, the Milwaukee County Park System operates a total of four Dog Exercise Areas, two considered as regional dog park sites. The first is in the northwest portion of the county named Granville Dog Park, 11718 W. Good Hope Place, and the second is known as the Runway Dog Park, 1214 E. Rawson Ave., near the General Mitchell International Airport.

 Dog owners using the areas are required to have proof of their pet’s current rabies vaccinations. The dogs also need to be licensed through their owner’s local municipality.  Dog owners should follow the rules and suggestions at the Exercise Areas.  Dog tags may be purchased at Boerner Botanical Gardens, the Wilson Recreation Center, the Milwaukee County Parks Administrative Offices, the Wisconsin Humane Society and MADACC during normal business hours. 

 The cost for a single annual dog tag for the 2010 Calendar year is $25.  A senior pass for persons 60 years and above, as well as for persons with disabilities is $10. An additional dog tag is $5.  For an application or more information go to or contact the Milwaukee County Parks Department at (414) 257-PARK.

Celebrate Howl-o-ween in Estabrook Park

Celebrate Howl-o-ween with Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP), Friends of Estabrook Park and the Village of Shorewood at the new Estabrook Park dog exercise area (DEA) on Sat, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dress up your mutt and enter the canine costume contest. Judging begins at noon. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All attendees with a current DEA permit will be entered into a drawing to win some fun door prizes donated by Community Bark and Companion Natural Pet Food, two locally-owned businesses who are the events sponsors. Hot cider will be provided for human companions while canines will enjoy a special cake.

The new DEA at Estabrook Park (4400 E Estabrook Parkway, Shorewood) is 3 acres, fenced-in and features a separate small dog area. The DEA is located on the west side of the parkwary across from the pond in the northern half of the park closer to the Hampton Ave entrance. Estabrook is the first county park to have a DEA located within it. Granville and Runway Dog Exercise Areas are both designed only for off-leash dog exercise. A permit is required for regular use of the DEA. Annual permits are $20 and to obtain a permit, a dog must have a current license from their municipality and up-to-date on their rabies vaccination. For more information about the permits, visit

“We are thrilled to have another dog exercise area in Milwaukee County, especially one that is located on the east side. It’s been years of work to find a location on this side of town and the Village of Shorewood was a big help in making this happen. They provided some financial support and were open to the idea of locating a dog exercise area within an existing park – the first to follow this model in the county,” said Robin Barry, ROMP spokesperson. “With Estabrook, Milwaukee now has three dog parks which offer dogs and their human companions a variety of choices they can legally exercise their dogs off-leash.”

Granville, Milwaukee’s first DEA located on the northwest side of the county, offers a more wooded environment with trails and access to the Menomonee River. The Runway, located in Oak Creek, offers a 26-acres of fenced-in field with trails and a small dog exercise. Estabrook’s DEA, due to it’s size and location, fits seamlessly into the park creating a mix of recreation for the whole family to enjoy with a nearby playground, natural scenery and historic buildings. “It’s our hope that the new DEA at Estabrook will be a catalyst to the revitalization of the park and attract more families,” said Robin.

ROMP advocates for dedicated off-leash dog exercise areas in Milwaukee County and educates the community about responsible dog ownership. ROMP works closely with the Milwaukee County Parks System to ensure dogs have fenced-in places to run free and play safe. For more information about this event, ROMP, and off-leash dog exercise areas, visit

Sept. 4: Free ‘Classical Concert for Canines’

Dogs and their owners will gather to celebrate the Labor Day weekend with Milwaukee’s first “Classical Concert for Canines” at the Milwaukee lakefront’s new Coast Guard Pavilion, in the 1700 block of N. Lincoln Memorial Drive (across the street from Alterra at the Lake) on Friday, September 4th, at 5 p.m. The concert, featuring light classics, jazz tunes and pieces created for this occasion, is free and open to the public as well as four-legged friends.

Cellist Jane Hollander (known for her “Doggie Dreams” CD) and pianist Wayne Wildman will perform. ROMP (Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks) and Hollander are co-sponsoring the event, a benefit for ROMP and the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS). The first eight donors of $25 or more to WHS can make a “doggie dedication” on-screen during the concert. Those interested in showing a photo of their pet for the “doggie dedication” should bring a flash drive with an electronic image of their dog, and a few sentences describing their pet.

Research has shown that dogs, like humans, can benefit from music, particularly mellow or classical pieces. Because dogs hear differently than humans, researchers say that simpler melodies played at lower volumes (to accommodate their sensitive hearing) are most beneficial in easing anxiety and promoting relaxation. Many animal hospitals/shelters use music therapeutically.

Hollander is a cello performer, teacher, recording artist and author of the book “Preparing the Performer: Secrets for String Players from Primary to Professional.” Her 2009 CD, “Doggie Dreams,” was created to soothe pets and their owners. Her own dog, Olive, will be attending the concert and will be featured to represent shelter dogs.

Wildman is beginning his 20th season as music director of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist on piano and/or harpsichord with chamber and symphony orchestras, and with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He serves as Music Director of First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan and as a music instructor at the University of Wisconsin.

For more information about the event contact Christine Povinelli at (414) 967-9734 or at

Update on Milwaukee Dog Exercise Areas

We’ve been getting a ton of questions via emails and through other sources about the status of the new dog parks. The county originally advised us that Estabrook and Currie might be open sometime in June.

We’ve now heard that Estabrook may not open until September. Apparently it will take that long for the grass to establish itself before they can expose it to all the dog traffic. This is something they did not initially anticipate and with any project things pop up in the process that can cause delays or a change in plans.

We are still waiting for an update on the Currie site. It looked like some work was starting but it appears to have stalled. As soon as we know more, we will share an update.

We’ve also recently posted there is some opposition to the DEAs in at Bay View Park and Lake Park.  The Lakefront Development Advisory Commission asked for more public hearings about dog parks located on the lake. The big issue has been fencing in areas alogn the lake. There is a contingent of people opposed to that.  They aren’t against dog parks, they just don’t want sections of greenspace along the lake fenced in.

The first public information session about Bay View Park has been scheduled for next Monday, June 8 from 6-7 pm at the South Shore Park Pavilion. If you are from the Bay View/St Francis area please attend and spread the word. We need a large group of dog park supporters there. The elected officials who make these decisions need to see there is a majority in favor of something to feel they can support it.  If you can’t make the meeting and live in that area, email your county supervisor and alderman expressing your support. If you live outside of that area, we still need you to attend to express support for the dog park. It’s just more helpful if you are able to say you are an immediate resident. It gives your feedback more significance.

We are still waiting on if/when there will be a Lake Park meeting. If you live on the East Side I suggest emailing your county supervisor and alderman expressing your support and encourage them to hold a meeting to obtain public feedback.

ROMP Board of Directors

Celebrate Milwaukee’s New Dog Parks at Spring Bark

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 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.