Originally Posted by Vicelord John
That is one of the most asinine and elitist things I've ever read.
Just to clarify, are you saying that people who don't want to walk a mile or two in order to take their pooch to the nearest dog park, should not be allowed to go because they arrive by means of automobile transportation? You want to dictate who is allowed to use the park by how they plan to get there?
There aren't enough facepalms in the world to post in response to that.
I never said anything like that, calm down.
1. There should be enough parks and open spaces in our City for everyone to have a 5 minute walk to a park. Thats called good planning. Hance, or any one park, can't solve all the worlds problems.
2. I didn't say people shouldn't be "allowed" to drive there. It just shouldn't be the way we develop every park in the City, hidden by a huge moat of surface parking. People will always be able to drive to Hance, but they should parallel park along streets or in nicely hidden garages. The park and Central City, should be designed in such a way to encourage alternate means of transportation.
According to Google Maps my walk to the two berms along Culver St that may become the dog park is a 7 minute walk for me. I'm a dog owner and I don't plan on likely ever taking my dog there. Why? Because I, and everyone around me for miles, has big front and back yards for my dogs. Why cross a busy street like McDowell when its nicer just to walk the pooch here in Willo?
Its just a matter of sound design vs cruddy design. The people with no/small yards live to the Southeast of Hance Park. So put the dog park where its easiest for them to get to it. That way the maximum number of people use it, and you get a return on your investment. Use people at Alta Phoenix as an example. If you put the dog amenities on the Southeast side of the park, its a 1/2 mile, 5 minute walk. If you put it along Culver, you've doubled those people's walks to about a mile, something most people aren't going to do and very very few people will do when its 100+ outside. Having to get in your car and drive a mile to the park from Alta is a pain and counter to the reason you likely moved into the city core anyway.