b'PARKS & RECREATIONWhy Doesnt Normandy Park Have a Dog Park?BY AMANDA LEN, PARKS DIRECTORAccording to a 2018 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) survey 91% of Americans think that dog parks provide benefits to a community. In dense urban areas dog parks are often the only place that dogs can run, play fetch, or play with other dogs. As the Parks and Recreation Director in Normandy Park, I am frequently asked Why dont we have a dog park yet? I start talking about the availability and ease of access to local parks that have opportunities for both on and off leash adventures. Most of the time its an opportunity for educationI learn about pet owners habits, and they learn about local parks that provide a variety of experiences. The truth is, I am not a fan of dog parks. I worked for many years in NYC and Philadelphia designing and managing public landscapes. After many years of designing and managing ongoing landscape maintenance of dog parks, I developed a bias. Introducing a dog park in a community-based design process became tantamount to going to war. The minute a dog park discussion began the entire room would divide; physically, emotionally, and verbally neighbors went to into battle. It became the dog folks vs. non-dog folks. When all 1414 NORMANDY PARK CITY SCENE|SUMMER 2020'