Paw Park Village

Paw Park in Sanford, Florida, was the first off-leash dog park in Central Florida and after 15 years of continuous use, the historic park was showing major signs of wear. S&ME was responsible for facilitating a public workshop, a design charrette, production of construction documents, and coordinating with City staff throughout the project. The new design calls for increasing both the small dog area and the large dog area by moving the existing parking offsite. All of the entrances into the dog park feature double gates to prevent dogs from slipping out of the park. Dog amenities include an interactive drinking fountain, synthetic turf play pods, agility equipment, and ample open space to run and play. Amenities for dog owners include a dog wash area, wide shady sidewalks, and an open-air shelter. Multiple grant deadlines were met to avoid state-imposed penalties to the client. The deliverables were submitted on schedule and well received by both the City staff and the general public. This project received the Planning Project Award of Merit from the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, 2018.