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Midtown Goes to the Dogs this Saturday

Pop-Up Dog Park

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.

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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