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Scentral Park segregates, opens small dog section

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

Smaller dogs and their owners can now enjoy their own space at the Holmes Beach Scentral Park dog park. A section in the northern part of the park has been fenced off for the smaller pooches to keep them safe from larger breeds at play. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Scentral Park dog park in Holmes Beach did not open without controversy, as part of the Birdie Tebbetts Field outfield was sectioned off to be used for a dog park after continued conflicts between dog owners and those wishing to use the baseball field became more numerous.

The city of Holmes Beach expended funds for a fence to create separation between the two uses and helped build benches and a shelter. Today’s Scentral Park began to take shape and, continues to add amenities thanks to almost $15,000 in private contributions.

Controversy between dog owners and ballplayers ended for the most part, although it seemed home-run hitters were targeting the shelter roof, but dog owners then turned to battling one another over the addition of toxic plants and a decorative water fountain — not for use by dogs — all added under the guidance of Barbara Parkman.

People complained the plants and trees were not dog friendly, benches were dangerous for running-playing dogs and dogs lacked a water fountain.

A dog park committee was formed that included Parkman, but members were unable to move toward progression as disagreements blocked the way.

The city turned over the care of the dog park to its beautification committee but, according to Parkman, the dog park has come full circle back to her to make decisions under the guidance of fellow dog owners and city officials.

While arguments have been plentiful over what kind of tree should be planted or where a bench should be located, a new amenity to Scentral Park has opened without much notice.

Parkman said Scentral Park’s northern section was fenced off and a gate was added to open a small dog park section about three weeks ago.

The small dog park has its own trees, water station and benches and Parkman said a smaller version of the large dog park’s gazebo is planned for humans to find shade during the dog days of summer.

Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman, a small dog owner who can now enjoy Scentral Park’s newest amenity with his dog Prince, has become the liaison between the city and Parkman.

“I don’t make the decisions,” he said. “I facilitate other people’s decisions.”

There has been some confusion in where the money for Scentral Park comes from and how it is used. Donated funds have paid for everything except the fence separating the park from the ball field.

While donated funds have far surpassed tax dollars, Grossman said there has been some public outcry in why more tax dollars weren’t used for the park.

“There was a letter written asking why individuals should contribute to a city park, and that the city should pay for it,” said Grossman. “The thing is, the park people wanted this done (quickly). Thanks to donations, they didn’t have to wait for the commission to allocate the money. It can be a lengthy process to get funding.”

He said things can work faster and sometimes better when private citizens take over a project.

“It’s so much easier when individuals come together to contribute,” he said. “It was their choice to do this.”

Grossman said $15,000 in private contributions for the dog park says a lot about island dog owners.

“They love their dogs,” he said. “They wanted this and they come out and use it. Personally, I love it because it’s a social thing for the dogs and for people. We need more things like this on our island.”

Scentral Park began making its way into national advertisements for Anna Maria Island as an added amenity for visitors. Rental agencies and Tripadvisor.com have added Scentral Park to promotional campaigns.

Most dog parks have separate parks for small and large dogs. Grossman said it’s a safety issue.

“It’s not so much about a large dog attacking a smaller dog,” he said. “My dog wouldn’t go near the park when a bigger dog was in there. The larger dogs start playing and it would be fairly easy for the smaller dogs to get injured if they are stepped on, so safety for the little dogs is the main reason.”

There has been a lot of conflict over something that many people enjoy, Parkman said.

“If we loved each other as much as our dogs loved us, we wouldn’t have these kinds of problems,” she said.

Grossman agreed.

“I would like to see people get along as good as the dogs do,” he said.

Scentral Park, on Flotilla Drive near 62nd Street welcomes all dog owners. There are no fees, but users are asked to follow some simple rules. Don’t bring aggressive dogs to the park and clean up after your animal.

Parkman said the park is there for dog owners to enjoy time with their dogs and other dog owners, but taking personal responsibility needs to be at the forefront of using the park.

More plans are in the works for Scentral Park. A concrete tile walkway from the large dog park gazebo to the fence, a shade structure for the small dog park, an adjoining gate between the two parks and more are planned.

Donations are welcome for further improvements to the park. Contributors are asked not to write checks to an individual. Checks can be made out to the City of Holmes Beach and Grossman said to be sure to write “Dog park” in the memo line.

The money is separated from the city’s general fund and placed into an account devoted to Scentral Park.

 

Scentral Park opens small dog section

By Mark Young

Islander Reporter

Scentral Park dog park in Holmes Beach did not open without controversy, as part of the Birdie Tebbetts Field outfield was sectioned off to be used for a dog park after continued conflicts between dog owners and those wishing to use the baseball field became more numerous.

The city of Holmes Beach expended funds for a fence to create separation between the two groups. Today’s Scentral Park began to take shape and, continues to add amenities thanks to almost $15,000 in private contributions.

Controversy between dog owners and ballplayers ended, but dog owners then battled one another as trees, water stations, a gazebo and a water fountain were added under the guidance of dog lover Barbara Parkman.

People complained the trees were not dog friendly, benches were dangerous for playing dogs and the fountain was too extravagant for a dog park.

A dog park committee was formed that included Parkman, but members were unable to move toward progression as disagreements blocked the way.

The city turned over the care of the dog park to its beautification committee, but according to Parkman, the continued beautification of the dog park has come full circle back to Parkman, who makes design decisions under the guidance of fellow dog owners and city officials.

While arguments have been plentiful over what kind of tree should be planted or where a bench should be located, a new amenity to Scentral Park has opened without much notice.

Parkman said about three weeks ago, Scentral Park’s northern section was fenced off and a gate was added to open a small dog park section.

The small dog park has its own trees, water station and benches and Parkman said a smaller version of the large dog park’s gazebo is planned for humans to find shade during the dog days of summer.

Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman, a small dog owner who can now enjoy Scentral Park’s newest amenity with his dog Prince, has become the liaison between the city and Parkman.

“I don’t make the decisions,” he said. “I facilitate other people’s decisions.”

There has been some confusion in where the money for Scentral Park comes from and how it is used. Donated funds have paid for everything except the fence separating the park from the ball field.

While donated funds have far surpassed tax dollars, Grossman said there has been some public outcry in why more tax dollars weren’t used for the park.

“There was a letter written asking why individuals should contribute money to a city park, and that the city should pay for it,” said Grossman. “The thing is, the park people wanted this done now. Thanks to donations, they didn’t have to wait for the commission to allocate the money during budget. It can be a lengthy process to get funding.”

He said things can work faster and sometimes better when private citizens take over a project.

“It’s so much easier when individuals come together to contribute,” he said. “It was their choice to do it this way.”

Grossman said $15,000 in private contributions for the dog park says a lot about island dog owners.

“They love their dogs,” he said. “They wanted this and they come out and use it. Personally, I love it because it’s a social thing for the dogs and for people. We need more things like this on our island.”

Scentral Park began making its way into national advertisements for Anna Maria Island as an added amenity for visitors. Rental agencies and Tripadvisor.com have added Scentral Park to promotional campaigns.

Most dog parks have separate parks for small and large dogs. Grossman said it’s a safety issue.

“It’s not so much about a large dog attacking a smaller dog,” he said. “My dog wouldn’t go near the park when a bigger dog was in there. The larger dogs start playing and it would be fairly easy for the smaller dogs to get injured if they are stepped on, so safety for the little dogs is the main reason.”

There has been a lot of conflict over something that many people enjoy, Parkman said.

“If we loved each other as much as our dogs loved us, we wouldn’t have these kinds of problems,” she said.

Grossman agreed.

“I would like to see people get along as good as the dogs do,” he said.

Scentral Park, on Flotilla Drive near 62nd Street welcomes all dog owners. There are no fees, but users are asked to follow some simple rules. Don’t bring aggressive dogs to the park and clean up after your animal.

Parkman said the park is there for dog owners to enjoy time with their dogs and other dog owners, but taking personal responsibility needs to be at the forefront of using the park.

More plans are in the works for Scentral Park. A concrete tile walkway from the large dog park gazebo to the fence, a shade structure for the small dog park, an adjoining gate between the two parks and more are planned.

Donations are welcome for further improvements to the park. Contributors are asked not to write checks to an individual. Checks can be made out to the City of Holmes Beach and Grossman said to be sure to write “Dog park” in the memo line.

The money is separated from the city’s general fund and placed into an account devoted to Scentral Park.

One Response to Scentral Park segregates, opens small dog section

  1. Laurie Fromm says:

    Please remind users of the dog park of the hours of operation, and that they should consider near neighbors and not allow their dogs to bark continually.

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