Sunday, April 27, 2008

May Closings At Swift Run

The Ann Arbor News carried a story today on the coming closures at Swift Run. The park will be closed from May 12 - May 21.

During this time, several improvements will be made including smoothing out the parking lot, putting gravel in the muddy entrance area, mulching around trees, and adding more waste stations.

The article doesn't mention re-opening the temporary dog park at Southeast Area Park, so I wouldn't count on it being available. As far as I know, Olson Park on the opposite side of town will be open, plus there is the Copper Leaf Crossing off-leash area on Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Unfortunately, Saline's Mill Pond Dog Park is also currently closed.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


In addition to the buzz about pending temporary closures (see below), I'm also hearing rumors that enforcement of ordinances related to dogs are being stepped up. This rumor is not as well substantiated as it might be, but I have heard reports that Ann Arbor city police are now writing more tickets for off-leash violations in other parks.

The person who told me this also thought they were going to start monitoring Swift Run and Olson to be sure people have permits. So please be sure you have a permit and that you have it with you when you come to the Dog Park. It would be silly to get a ticket for playing in the legal off-leash area.

Information on obtaining a permit can be found here.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Temporary Closings Coming to Swift Run

I have heard from a couple of sources now that Swift Run will be closed temporarily for "a couple of weeks" in mid-May. This will allow some maintenance including addition of gravel to the entryway, reseeding of grass in the muddy areas, and possibly the construction of a path around the perimeter of the park.

I do NOT have any official information about this and I don't know what other things might be done during this time, but both of the sources I heard this from are reliable. It looks like there will be an article in the AA News early next week about these plans, hopefully we'll get more details there.

As I understand it, Olson Park will remain open during this time so there will still be at least one legal off-leash area in the city. Also, there had been talk in the fall about using the temporary Southeast Area Park (the one that was available from September through November last year) when Swift Run has to close for maintenance. I have NOT heard either way whether that will be open in May...

Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Action Item - Thank The City/County

The dogparks that the city and county opened this fall are a wonderful addition to our community... even if they are a bit overdue. Now that we have this resource, take some time to thank a city or county official.

You can use the links in the column on the right of this page that we used to advocate for these parks in the summer. Those are the people who made this happen, especially the Ann Arbor Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) and the good people at Ann Arbor Parks & Rec.

I know they are interested in public reactions, one of the reasons it took so long to get these off the ground was fear of public backlash. And more to the point, these folks worked very hard to make this happen and they deserve a pat on the back.

So from us here at Arbordogblog to all of the people who let this happen, here is a very belated public THANK YOU!!!


In addition to Swift Run, Olson Park now has an enclosed off-leash play area. (Here is info on Olson Park with a map link.) It is not quite as large as Swift Run, but my dogs have had some big fun and exercise there.

Olson Park
Northeast corner of DhuVarren and Pontiac Trail

Regular Park Hours

One Acre of Doggie Bliss

Handled the same way as Swift Run (All-access (pink) passes valid for both parks)

Sift Run Dog Park OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!

Hopefully most of you have figured this out by now, but in late November, the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw county officially opened the Swift Run Dog Park.

Southwest corner of Platte and Ellsworth Roads, behind Ann Arbor Transfer Station.

Daylight Hours

Permit tag available at Ann Arbor City Hall or Washtenaw County


To register, you will need proof of vaccinations (rabies), a license from the city, county, or another municipality, paperwork for altered dogs, and a little money. All of the specifics can be found here.

If you haven't been yet, you're really missing out. This is a huge facility and very well-done. Hope to see you there this weekend!

LONG Overdue Update

I must sincerely apologize to everybody out there. I took a new job in September and it completely overwhelmed my life. 5 hours of commuting and 60-80 hour workweeks are not a good thing for anybody. Still I should have been updating. I'm going to post a couple of quick updates today, but I am unlikely to resume regular posting. Consider this a general apology.