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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | January 8, 2014
The Columbia Association plans to open a new dog park in Harper's Choice this spring. Dubbed Columbia DogPark, the 2.7-acre attraction is located off Rivendell Lane, near the association's sports park at the Harper's Choice Village Center. The park will include water stations and separate fenced-in areas for large dogs and small dogs. The facility will be open during daylight hours seven days a week. The proposed yearly membership fee is $40 for Columbia residents and $50 for nonresidents, according to CA spokesman David Greisman.
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By David Tayman, D.V.M | August 21, 2014
Q: Howard County now has two dog parks - one in Ellicott City and one in Columbia. What do we need to know before taking our dog? A: I think dog parks are a great idea, especially in urban and suburban areas where it's not safe to let dogs run and play off-leash. Still, dog parks are only as good as the humans who take their pets to play there. It all starts with the rules, which promote safety for both humans and pets. Howard County's dog parks prohibit the following within the fenced off-leash areas: kids under age 12, smoking and eating, dog treats, glass containers of any kind, dogs in heat, puppies under 4 months old, and animals other than dogs.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 13, 2013
The Columbia Association Board of Directors approved on Aug. 8 an additional $55,000 to build Columbia's first dog park in Harper's Choice. The additional funds bring the total cost of the project to $135,000. The park will be located near the intersection of Rivendell Lane and Cedar Lane and could, weather permitting, open by late fall, according to Jane Dembner, Columbia Association Director of Community Building and Sustainability. Approval of the funding was delayed two weeks after the board requested CA's Director of Capital Improvements Denis Ellis deliver cost estimates on pervious pavement for the park's 19-space parking lot. According to Ellis, repaving the 7,000-square foot lot with pervious concrete for would cost between $151,000 and $158,000, while using traditional asphalt would cost $26,000.
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By Laura Barnhardt Cech | August 21, 2014
Renee Rosenblum-Lowden likes to go to the new Columbia DogPark - to people-watch. “It's fascinating to watch people interact with their dogs,” says the retired teacher and author who lives in Hobbits Glen.  Zeke, a white mutt, also likes to play with other dogs, so Rosenblum-Lowden brings him daily. “He loves the openness. … It's kept beautifully.” The Columbia DogPark, the first dog park in Columbia and the second in Howard County, opened on Memorial Day weekend.
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June 6, 2011
As of July 1, dog owners who bring their pets to the city's dog park will be required to purchase an annual membership. The dog park, named the Dr. Bruce Morley Dog Playground, was opened in 2008 adjacent to the city's Leo. E. Wilson Park, just east of Van Dusen Road between Route 198 and Cherry Lane. Memberships are $30 for residents of the city, and $35 for non-residents, and can be purchased at the Laurel Municipal Center, Robert J. DiPietro Community Center and the Laurel Armory Community Center.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2012
Dogs love dog parks but the fenced in public spaces have a way of bringing out the worst in some people. Leave it to the folks behind the hit television show "Portlandia" to skewer dog park culture. In the new season of the sketch-style comedy that airs on IFC and stars Fred Armisen of"Saturday Night Live" and Carrie Brownstein, there's a recurring bit about a couple that takes their dog to a dog park. To say that Dave and Kath are anxious, anthropomorphic and utterly unfamilar with dogs is putting it mildly.
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June 4, 2012
In response to your recent article on the proposed dog park in Blandair ("Residents split on proposed dog park in Oakland Mills," May 24), I see this as a great example of how people opposed to change suddenly find "religion. " This particular religion — NIMBYism — is the shared belief that things of benefit to the larger community are wonderful as long as they are Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY). For years, many residents in Columbia have been clamoring for a dog park. The county comes along and offers to locate a dog park in Blandair.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2010
The Anne Arundel County's state's attorney said through a spokeswoman that a decision on whether to charge an off-duty federal police officer in the fatal shooting of a dog at a dog park probably would not be made before Monday. State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said this week that the case remains under investigation by two prosecutors who were working with county police. Police said Tuesday that they had turned their information over to prosecutors. Last Monday, the off-duty officer, whom police have refused to name, shot a dog at the private dog park in the Quail Run community.
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September 16, 2013
Baltimore County officials and pet advocates from the Perry Hall area will take part in a ceremony Tuesday marking the start of construction at the Perry Paw Dog Park. The park is a $205,000 improvement to Honeygo Regional Park in Perry Hall, and will include a .34-acre area for small dogs and a 1.06-acre area for larger breeds. The park will feature a key card entry system for members, water fountains for dogs and other amenities. The park will be operated by the Perry Paw Dog Park Committee, which will set operating rules and regulations, coordinate paid membership and oversee the operations of the park.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2010
The owner of a Siberian husky that was shot in a Severn dog park two weeks ago said she is pleased that charges have been filed — even if weeks later — against the man who shot Bear-Bear, adding that she hopes that laws might be changed in the wake of her pet's death. "It will be really beautiful if out of all of this, animal cruelty penalties increased because of Bear-Bear," Rachel Rettaliata said. "Maybe we could push for a law in [his] memory. " Charges were filed Wednesday in District Court in Annapolis against Keith Elgin Shepherd, 32, a civilian police officer for the Army in Northern Virginia.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Columbia's first dog park will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, May 24, but those who plan to use it can register for year-long use now. Local residents have been asking for a dog park for years. The Columbia Association designated 2.7 acres at 5901 Rivendell Lane in the village of Harper's Choice for canine use, and all dog breeds will be welcome. May 24 is a free day; there is no charge to visit the park between 10 a.m. and noon. After that, Columbia Association residents will pay $35 and non-residents will pay $40 for an annual pass to the park in the form of a dog tag that covers up to three dogs.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Perry Hall community leaders and Baltimore County officials will celebrate the grand opening of the Perry Paw Dog Park on Saturday. At 10:30 a.m. the dog park, located inside the Honeygo Regional Park at 9033 Honeygo Boulevard, will formally open. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, members of the County Council, state officials and Perry Hall Recreation Council members are expected to attend the opening ceremony. The $205,000 fenced dog park includes a .34-acre area for small dogs, a 1.06-acre space for larger breeds, key card entry system for members, water fountains for the dogs and other amenities.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
For decades, Kay McConnell and her family joined those who lace up skates and take to Lake Roland in Robert E. Lee Park when winter freezes ice over the former reservoir. The McConnells' three children were on the ice as young as toddlers, one of them using an old sled as a walker of sorts. After measuring the ice to be at least 5 inches thick, with at least five days of sub-freezing temperatures, neighbors around the lake's north end would flock to the ice - so long as snowfall didn't make the surface too bumpy.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
The recent Candidates' Forum at City Hall was a rather depressing affair in that it demonstrated that so many of our elected officials have no idea what is or is not a valid function of government and what ought to be left to the private sector. I learned, for example, that Laurel has a city-run and maintained dog park with a water fountain for dogs. But, this is ridiculous. This is not something government should be involved in at all.  I heard Councilwoman Crary say she'd like to see the city have a skateboard park for kids.
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Staff Reports | September 16, 2013
County officials and pet advocates from the Perry Hall area will take part in a ceremony Tuesday marking the start of construction at the Perry Paw Dog Park. The park is a $205,000 project at Honeygo Regional Park in Perry Hall, and will include a .34-acre area for small dogs and a 1.06-acre area for larger breeds. The park will feature a key card entry system for members, water fountains for dogs and other amenities. The park will be operated by the Perry Paw Dog Park Committee, which will set operating rules and regulations, coordinate paid membership and oversee the operations of the park.
NEWS
September 16, 2013
Baltimore County officials and pet advocates from the Perry Hall area will take part in a ceremony Tuesday marking the start of construction at the Perry Paw Dog Park. The park is a $205,000 improvement to Honeygo Regional Park in Perry Hall, and will include a .34-acre area for small dogs and a 1.06-acre area for larger breeds. The park will feature a key card entry system for members, water fountains for dogs and other amenities. The park will be operated by the Perry Paw Dog Park Committee, which will set operating rules and regulations, coordinate paid membership and oversee the operations of the park.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2010
Federal police officer Keith Elgin Shepherd was fined and given probation before judgment Friday for shooting a Siberian husky he claimed attacked his pet and was threatening him and his wife at a community dog park in Severn in August. "We are overjoyed that it's gotten this far," Rachel Rettaliata told Anne Arundel County District Judge Thomas J. Pryal. She and her husband, Ryan Rettaliata owned Bear-Bear, the dog shot in the Quail Run community dog park and injured so severely that it had to be euthanized.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 13, 2013
The Columbia Association Board of Directors approved on Aug. 8 an additional $55,000 to build Columbia's first dog park in Harper's Choice. The additional funds bring the total cost of the project to $135,000. The park will be located near the intersection of Rivendell Lane and Cedar Lane and could, weather permitting, open by late fall, according to Jane Dembner, Columbia Association Director of Community Building and Sustainability. Approval of the funding was delayed two weeks after the board requested CA's Director of Capital Improvements Denis Ellis deliver cost estimates on pervious pavement for the park's 19-space parking lot. According to Ellis, repaving the 7,000-square foot lot with pervious concrete for would cost between $151,000 and $158,000, while using traditional asphalt would cost $26,000.
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