10 Ways to Turn Your Local Dog Park Into a Dream Retreat

Makeover plans for the revamped Veterans Park in Alabama include tunnels and hoops for more stimulating play.

Opt for Faux Turf

Replace grass with synthetic turf that's durable and safe for dogs, making maintenance easier — and reducing the presence of fleas.

Consider a Dog Wash

Add a wash station with a spray hose, so people can rinse their pups following a day of play.

Offer Hydration Stations

Install water fountains for both people and dogs — and equip the park with extra water bowls.

Keep Poop in Check

Make it convenient for people to pick up their pets’ deposits by installing dispensers with degradable poop bags, and have plenty of trash receptacles.

Think of Senior Pets

Design a sanctuary for older dogs who prefer to hang out in a quiet, shady section — and out of the path of rowdy youngsters.

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