Jackson/Teton County Parks & Recreation has big plans for dog parks in Jackson!
PUBLIC INPUT IS HAPPENING: Through September 9th
Please show your support for off-leash areas in the Parks & Rec Public Survey here:
Here is a recap of the 3 off-leash dog area proposals currently in process with Parks & Rec:
- In 2017, the Town/County hired a 3rd party consultant. GreenPlay, LLC to assess the Parks & Rec system and develop a strategic plan for Parks & Rec.
- The process included comprehensive community surveys, focus groups, stakeholder interviews, and public forums. The result was a strategic plan which was adopted by the Town Council in late 2018 in which dog parks were identified as a top priority.
- The Parks & Rec Advisory Board voted unanimously in favor of moving a 1-acre off-leash dog area in May Park to a Conditional Use Permit in 2018, after a comprehensive, robust public input process.
- Throughout 2019-2020, due to COVID, the process paused.
- In 2021, Parks & Rec received feedback from the Town Council that there would be support for a multi-dog park approach. From there, 2 additional off-leash areas were approved by the P&R Board added to the CUP application.
- The Planning Department is currently reviewing 3 CUP applications for off-leash dog areas as follows:
- 1 acre in May Park (a large dog area and space for small dogs)
- .15 acre in Miller Park
- .30 acre in Powderhorn Park
- This approach supports the community’s input that 1) dog parks belong in the parks & rec system and 2) spreading out the use with help minimize congestion in any one neighborhood.
- PAWS, while not leading this discussion, is in full support of Parks & Rec and their direction. We have offered to help fund the development and future ongoing management of approved dog parks.
- There have been questions regarding the deed restriction in place at May Park, specifically.
- The May Park deed restriction, which the May family wrote and signed stipulates only that: “The property conveyed shall be utilized for public park purposes only, but with attendant recreational uses and facilities such as playgrounds, picnic areas, ballparks, etc.” Any representation to the contrary is simply not true.
- This is an 11-acre property, owned by the Town of Jackson, deed-restricted for public park use. The Parks & Rec department is overwhelmed by programming needs. The development of this property will be a huge win for the community.
- Please show your support for Off-leash areas in the Parks & Rec Public Survey here: Social Pinpoint | Parks and Rec Projects Page (mysocialpinpoint.com)
- There are tabs for each project: Please complete 1 survey for each individual project; Miller Park, Powderhorn Park, and May Park.
- In your comments, you can reference the fact that PAWS conducted a study of use and noise at the Winter Dog Park along with comparisons of other public parks. What we found at the Winter Dog Park was an average of 3 dogs, 3 people, and 3 cars with conversational level noise. We have data which shows that the off-leash areas will not be any noisier than any other park in town.
- Here is what you can expect to see at off-leash areas in town: