Haulover Beach Dog Park breaks ground

Comm. Sally Heyman and Jack Kardys, Miami Dade Park Dept Director joined members of the Haulover Dog Park Committee and residents of surrounding communities for the groundbreaking of a new dog park

Pet owners in the Haulover Beach area will be able to take their dogs out for some fun in the sun at a brand new dog park. Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman recently joined other county officials along with Bal Harbour and Bay Harbor Islands officials for the groundbreaking of a dog park that will reside in the southeast section of Haulover Park.

The 3.25-acre dog park will feature separate areas for small and large dogs, as well as a common area, all enclosed by a perimeter double-gated fence with three separate entrances for the safety of the dogs. There will also be “pooper scooper” stations within all the areas providing plastic bag dispensers and trash cans for owners to pick up after their dogs. This first phase of construction will also feature accessible concrete walkways leading from the parking lot to the dog park, and concrete entryways into each section of the park. Dogs will not be allowed onto the beach area where there is sand and water.

The dog park was the brainchild of Commissioner Heyman, who partnered with surrounding municipalities to get construction off the ground. Bal Harbour Village’s Public Works Department is assisting Miami-Dade Parks in the first phase of construction. The dog park will feature amenities such as water fountains, dog play equipment, and site furniture, and will be provided through the commitment of the partnering entities.

“The creation of this dog park is thanks to the collaborative effort of Miami-Dade Parks and surrounding municipalities, which joined together to bring this great enhancement to beachside residents,” said Comm. Heyman. “Once the park is complete, residents will have a beautiful and safe place they can bring their dogs for exercise and recreation.”

Total project cost for this first phase of development is $130,000 funded by Safe Neighborhood Parks (SNP) Interest Funds and the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond (BBC-GOB). Phase 1 of construction is slated for completion by November. Residents can also donate to the park’s construction and maintenance through the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. Contributions can be made to sponsor trees, fire hydrants, benches, water fountains, and pet waste stations.

For more information on donations, please call 305-755-7804 or e-mail Donna Peyton at dpeyton@miamidade.gov.

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