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Detroit Dog Park is in Crain’s Detroit Business!

Good morning, Dog Park Nation!

We’ve had a great couple of days, as our story in Crain’s Detroit has gone a little gang-busters on Facebook and elsewhere.

One thing not completely clear in the story is that we only have about 1/2 of what we need to build our full park. The money we’ve raised so far is really only going to cover fencing 3/4 of an acre, and maybe a couple of extras. Maybe. So, if you can, please click on the Paypal link and help us out.

A lot of people have asked over the last couple of years what it’s taken to build the park, and what’s the process for doing it. All we can say is that there is no one way to build anything or do anything in Detroit. All paths are valid. All dogs are deserving. Our process is a little slower because we really are trying to build sustainably, using less new material, and repurposing what we can.

We’re hoping to be open this fall, but we need some good luck, good vibes and a few extra bucks to get there. Make sure you come back here for updates or visit us on our FB page. We have Dog Party on Aug. 17, at Tiger Stadium. Hope to see you.

The story:



You! Come to our party! June 1!


1: Click on the Paypal link

2. Donate $20 per ticket.

3. In the message, write TICKET(S)

Detroit Dog Park and The Brooklyn Street Local invite you, yes, YOU! to an evening of food, drink and music, as we celebrate the coming of summer, the coming-together of the city’s first official dog park, and the awesome people that have helped us make this park a reality.

Saturday, JUNE 1, 7-11 p.m., 1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit

The Brooklyn Street Local is a Corktown cafe that specializes in local, in-season, organic and creative cuisine. Your $20 ticket includes an array of treats inspired by the restaurant’s offerings, a complimentary drink, then cash bar, music by artist and DJ Jarrad Henderson, a gorgeous patio, and that favorite of all Detroit activities – soaking in the summer weather.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Check out all the event sponsors on FB!


Gorgeous spread from Brooklyn Street Local includes:

  • Chicken/Tofu Satay – marinated chicken and tofu with a spicy peanut sauce
  • Mushroom Ragout on Crispy Polenta
  • Sweet Potato Turnovers – spiced sweet potato filling, vegan crust with tamari ginger sauce
  • Hummus Platter – hummus and creamy parmesan dips with toasted Avalon baguette, fresh veggies and fruit
  • Cheese Platter – local cheeses, toasted Avalon baguette and sweet/savory Slow Jams’ jam
  • Dessert Tray – assortment of squares and cupcakes (vegan options will be labelled)

Courtesy of Batch Brewing Company, our neighbors in Corktown. According to the awesome Stephen Roginson, he and Anthony O’Donnell are brewing three lovely ladies for the evening.

Identity Crisis Wheat Beer – white wheat and barley, Saaz hops, Kolsch yeast.
Rye IPA – a dry hopped IPA with, complex malt and rye flavors, medium body. 84 IBU
SMaSH #2: Single Malt and Single Hop – Pilsner and Galena. SMaSH beers: Great for learning/ teaching individual flavor components of a beer.

Rye IPA? Yes please!

Underwritten by Motor City Wine, who will also be living in Corktown soon, a collection of reds and whites to make any palate a happy one!

Deveri has her lab coat on and she’s coming up with cool summer drinks for those wanting an alcohol-free option.Tickets will be available through our website,, at BSL itself, and by messaging us at Tickets purchased online will be available at our version of will-call.

Spread the word! Bark it up! DDP and BSL – a great start to an amazing summer in the D!



By now, you should have received your reward for donating to our campaign. Again, we thank you so much for your support! We are excited for spring and to begin construction and we’ll keep you updated on when that will be.

However, there are still a few people who haven’t responded to our attempts to deliver their rewards. You should have received a questionnaire from Kickstarter when our campaign ended in December. It should have asked for your address and how you want your name to appear on our website.

If you could please look this weekend, and let us know at by APRIL 1 (no foolin’) whether or not you got that questionnaire, we will happily resend and get going on the process of sending you that reward.

Holler if you have any questions! We appreciate your help and support!

Kickstarter Rewards Are On Their Way!

Great news! The bulk of our Kickstarter rewards went out during the week, so sometime in the next few days, you’ll be getting your reward in the mail.

Everyone who opted to receive a reward got a survey via the email address they supplied Kickstarter when they pledged. Based on those survey responses, we sent you your reward. However, there are still a handful of people that didn’t respond, for whatever reason. We need your help to fill out that survey by APRIL 1. Check your junk mail or your archives if you don’t remember getting a survey. If you still can’t find it, email us at and we will resend.

With the rewards going out, this is pretty much the “end” of our Kickstarter campaign. But, we will continue to post updates on that site, as well as here and on Facebook. We hope to have more news for you on the park itself by the end of the month, so stay tuned and thank you for supporting Detroit Dog Park.

We did it! $15,000 to go toward the park. Thank you!

This is a huge day for us. Some 27 days ago, we launched a fundraiser through Kickstarter, and then we crossed our fingers and waited. After three weeks of hard work, media outreach and social networking on steroids, at about 11 a.m. this morning, a donor put us over $15,000. We met our goal.

With the holidays upon us, Detroit Dog Park would like to thank everyone who supports us, whether by donated, sharing a status updates, coming to our pop-up dog park once a month, or by just stopping us in the street and saying, “good job.” We are anxious to be part of Detroit’s future, and today, we really feel we are one step closer.

So, if you are free on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., come by old Tigers Stadium on Trumbull and Michigan Avenue for our monthly pop-up dog park. We’re ready to celebrate and we would love you to join us!

A little more about Macomb Playlot

This is what we’re starting with.

Detroit is full of parks – seriously. Hundreds. But the city doesn’t have the funds to maintain them all.

Enter Adopt-a-Park. It’s a city program that allows community groups and neighborhood organizations to adopt city parks, improve and maintain them, in exchange for being able to decide what happens there. Other groups in Detroit have used the program to clean up, restore and truly revitalize some of the city’s most beautiful green spaces.

Our park is Macomb Park, also known as Macomb Playlot. It’s an old playground near the iconic train station and Roosevelt Park. The land is roughly 0.7 acres and shaped like a trapezoid. One side faces 17th Street, and another faces the dead end part of Rose Street. Right now, it’s got grass that is being mowed periodically. What we’re hoping to do is fence off the back 3/4 of the lot for dogs to play, leaving the part that faces 17th Street open for residents, dogs on leash and visitors to sit and relax in the shadow of one of Michigan’s most historic buildings.

If you come to Detroit SOUP on Sunday (doors open at 6:30 p.m., 2900 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit), you’ll learn more about our plans. You’ll donate $5 for a light dinner and have a chance to vote for us to win a portion of that $5 that will let us spread our Kickstarter funds a little more widely around the park.

More pix to come, but here’s a glimpse of what will become Detroit Dog Park.

Here’s our park – Macomb Playlot. Check out our plans and imagine what the park will look like.

What a week!

This has been an amazing week for us at Detroit Dog Park and we have you to thank. First, we got approval for our site! Then, media! Now, a chance to win hundreds of dollars to build. READ ON!

On Monday, we woke up with less than $5,000 in pledges for Kickstarter. We were a little nervous. We thought we had a good idea, and really felt we’d explained it well. But we’d hit a lull in donations. It was troubling.

Later that afternoon, we learned that our application had been accepted by the city of Detroit’s General Services Department to build the dog park at Macomb Playlot in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit!!!, near the old train station. That’s right! We have a site now, and we cannot wait to start building on it! Pix to come.

On Tuesday, we woke up to a story about us in the Detroit Free Press. And the internet took over. Nearly 1,500 people recommended the Free Press story. Other news outlets started calling. Our link was shared on FB dozens of times. And, by the end of the week, we’d been mentioned on Channel 4, TV20, WWJ, the Detroit News, Curbed Detroit, Huff Post and Deadline Detroit. Our Board Chair, Carly Mys, was exhausted. 🙂

But it’s been amazing. Today, we have more than $10,000 in donations from all over the US and a couple of international places. We have 10 days to go, and less than $5,000 to raise to meet our goal. And on Sunday, we will be among the four groups presenting the dog park to Detroit SOUP, a fundraising dinner in which participants listen to pitches and vote on the idea they think is best – best for Detroit, best for its people, and best for themselves.

If you can join us on Sunday at 6:30 (proposals start at 7:30) at 2900 E. Grand Blvd., that would be awesome. If you can donate (see the Kickstarter button to the right), that would be more awesome. If you could both, holy crap how we would love you! Thank you!


Hey Dog Lovers! Welcome!

Hi! Thanks for visiting. This page is under construction, so please be patient while we liven it up!

We are DETROIT DOG PARK, a group of Detroit area residents who want to build an off-leash park for people and their dogs within Detroit city limits.

Our idea is pretty simple. There’s a lot of vacant and unused land in Detroit. There are a lot of people with dogs in Detroit. We want to bring those worlds together. We want to build community, both between dog owners and between park users and the community in which we’re located. We want to create. We want to transform. We want to play.

How we got here:

In June 2011, the idea of a dog park started percolating between local businessfolk and dog owners. A survey was sent out. Information gathered. We learned what people wanted and what they didn’t. We started looking for the perfect site.

Many. Months. Later.

We’ve identified a key location, and are working hard to finalize an agreement to use it. A main committee meets regularly and we note our progress. Meanwhile, we host a monthly Dog Party at the old Detroit Tigers stadium at Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Street.

We’re gathering volunteers, who can help us do everything from data entry to construction. That’s where you come in.  With every week, we get closer to making this park a reality. We need your help, both physically and financially. If you have a dog, and can envision Fido running free, playing with other dogs and coming home completely exhausted and happy, you’re one of us. If you are friends with dog-people, you’re one of us. If you want to see changes to Detroit that add value, beauty and spark community, you’re one of us. Like us on Facebook, sign up for blog updates, come to our periodic large group meetings, and start telling your friends all about us. Thank you.

Detroit Dog Park: Barking up a park in the Motor City.