The new multi-family landscaping trend is to bring local dog parks home, where the family lives. Offering a dog park as part of your multi-family landscape design is fun, easy and cost effective.
You can’t help but notice that multi-family complexes in urban areas have been increasing to keep up with the demand. Every year since 2010, Salt Lake City increased rental units by 1,534. During the same time period, the demand for new rental units has averaged 1,869 a year.
Also, rising prices for single family homes has brought a big demand for condos and town homes. Along with the demand, housing complexes have become more inclusive than ever. Consider the Bud Baily Apartments in Salt Lake City, for example.
The Trend We Are Seeing
Multi-family landscape designs are including dog parks. It is easy to see why when you consider that dog ownership has been steadily rising along with the multi-family housing demands.
Because dogs are considered part of the family, catering to dog families can be as simple as saving 500 square feet of space for a dog park. Or changing overgrown, neglected and unmanaged areas into dedicated dog playgrounds.
“Did you know there are currently more dogs in the US than children? And that renters often base their decision making on whether their pets will be welcome too? Dog parks aren’t just a trend in the multi-family industry, they’re a hugely popular amenity for your residents and can also help to promote your community as being truly pet-friendly! There is always a market for pet-owners who are looking for affordable, long term housing and your dog park can help turn a “Maybe” into a “Yes!”
“From a marketing perspective, having an onsite dog park can give you an advantage over a competing property whose residents may have to drive to a nearby off-leash area. Residents are often willing to pay a higher deposit and monthly rent in order to live somewhere that accepts (and welcomes!) their pets. In addition to the financial perks, pet-friendly communities typically see less resident turnover and have a higher rating from resident satisfaction surveys.” Dog-ON-It-Parks
Tips for Building Successful Dog Parks as Part of Your Multi-Family Landscape Design
From fencing to water sources, from poop scooping to signs, from location to equipment, learn what you need to know to consider a dog park as part of your multi-family landscape design by downloading this PDF: Successful Multi-Family Dog Parks
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In Pursuit of Play,
Nicole Stoddard, LuckyDog Recreation