Plans are afoot to have Midtown Sacramento’s popular Pop-Up Dog Park “pop up” on Saturday, August 1 adjacent to the Midtown Farmers Market on 20th Street between J & K. Led by the Midtown Business Association and with the help of involved community partners — such as local animal shelters, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a local landscape architect and a number of willing volunteers — the first “Pop-Up Dog Park” debuted in Midtown in April 2014 to the delight of countless canines and their companions.
Portable and sustainable, the fun, friendly and FREE Pop-Up Dog Park is coordinated, managed and maintained by the Midtown Business Association. The mobile dog park is set-up using portable picket fencing and a double-gate system to ensure the dogs are secure inside the mobile structure. Due to the structural limits of the fencing, the Pop-Up Dog Park is designed for dogs 30 pounds or less.
The Pop-Up Dog Park was created to increase canine-friendly communication and interaction and help to nurture a strong sense of community in the heart of Midtown.
“We’re proud to offer the area’s first Pop-Up Dog Park and are thrilled with the overwhelming support from the Midtown community,” said Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director of the Midtown Business Association. “The idea originally came about when a board member visited another city and realized a dog park would fit right in with Midtown’s unique vibe and lively social environment. We hope the canine-friendly concept spurs similar efforts around town and has tails wagging for years to come.”
During the so-called “Dog Days of Summer,” the Pop-Up Dog Park this Saturday will be located from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a shady area adjacent to the Midtown Farmers Market and will include a number of special activities such as having a local animal shelter on-site to promote pet adoptions and offer microchip services, volunteers providing obedience training, and having interested vendors provide special (adult) cider tastings, gift giveaways and more.
Originally created as a solution to a restrictive space requirement for off-leash dog parks, Midtown’s Pop-Up Dog Park has led to progress on the four-footed front. In fact, a proposed permanent dog park is currently in the planning stages in Midtown near 19th & Q Streets.
For more information the Pop-Up Dog Park, Midtown’s nearly 30 “dog friendly patios” or about the Midtown Business Association, please visit exploremidtown.org.