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 countyparks.com.
“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 www.milwaukeedogparks.org.
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