Posted on: March 20, 2017
City gauges’ citizen input on potential dog park
Citizens living in the Newport and Ellis Landing subdivisions recently participated in a survey to gauge their interest in a potential dog park at Newport Park.
Of the 82 citizens participating in the survey, 67 stated they lived in either Newport or Ellis Landing. Each resident was asked to respond to 12 questions to gather input on their interest, concerns, frequency of visits, and whether or not they would support a dog park.
Survey results indicate that 61% of residents within the two subdivisions do not support a dog park in this area with 37% supporting the dog park and 1.5% undecided.
Major concerns listed for not supporting a dog park at Newport Park include traffic, parking, noise, and smell.
Complete survey results are as follows:
Do you live in Newport, Ellis Landing, or other?
Ellis Landing – 16 citizens, 19.5%
Newport – 51 citizens, 62.2%
Other – 15 citizens, 19.3%
Do you visit Newport Park?
Yes – 77.6%
No – 19.4%
No response – 3%
Is there a reason why you don’t visit the park?
No children, Children are older
Vandalism, Illegal activity
No walking paths
How many times do you visit Newport Park?
One to three times per week – 20.9%
One to three times per month – 14.9%
Daily – 9%
What activities do you participate in at Newport Park?
Would you like a dog park at Newport Park?
Yes – 37.3%
No – 61.2%
Undecided – 1.5%
What would be your concerns about having a dog park at Newport Park?
Don’t want to lose entire park to a dog park.
Have you been to a dog park before?
Yes – 74.6%
No – 20.9%
No response – 4.5%
Do you own any dogs?
Yes – 64.2%
No – 31.3%
No response – 4.5%
Where do you currently take your dogs to exercise?
Bay Area Dog Park
If Newport Park had a dog park, how many times a week do you feel you
One to three times per week
What time of day would you typically visit?
Late afternoon or evening
Mid-morning to early afternoon
The survey was conducted by the City’s Parks Department. Results from the survey will also be incorporated into the Parks Comprehensive Master Plan.
Plans for a dog park at Lynn Gripon Park were approved by City Council in February 2017 and are moving forward.