The Mother Matilda Beasley Park is located on East Broad Street in downtown Savannah. The dog park was created in Spring 2008 and is maintained by the Chatham County Commissioners.

This site is very unofficial and is for the benefit of dogs and dog owners who frequent the park or those that are interested in visiting. We have no authority over the park except for our mutual interest in keeping it a vital community space.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dog Park Shelter Design

As a community volunteer effort, the idea of a small station/cover has surfaced as a project that Greenline Architecture would like to design and help install in Mother Matilda Beasley Dog Park. Their efforts could help facilitate the design on construction and help through the County permit process as possible. The park community would help construct the structure. We understand there is already a collaborative effort of ideas flowing for needs and maintenance; and there have also been discussions of ideas and communications with the County. The purpose of this post is to generate ideas and thoughts, reasonable needs/wants from you the users and members of the park community. The restrictions of the structure are that it can't be too big, low maintenance, and no cost to the County, therefore simple. Thoughts of needs/ideas to date are: *Fixed permeable area at hose bib for the water bowl and possible pool area (to prevent mud puddles); *an area for signage postings; *area to store dog toys, ropes, etc.; *additional dog bag storage; *possible sitting area, ie., built-in benches with small cover; *storage for County as needed (limited maintenance). Please submit any ideas you may have so that as a joint effort we can design something useful for all. If we can gather as much info over the next week, we can get started on design as soon as possible. Hopefully we can work with the County (owners) and have something constructed by next spring! Thanks.


Susan B said...

I spent a few minutes googling 'dog park design' hoping to find something helpful. Found an article about Aiken South Carolina's new dog park opening in December. Their 10-inch "splash pool" is an expensive feature made possible by private donations. If only Daisy were an heiress...

A dog park in Miami was sponsored at least in part by Purina, which erected a kiosk/bulletin board with its logo and some advertising. Purina's website has a community involvement/request-for-grants page ( if anyone has time to devote to seeking a sponsorship.

Daisy's Personal Assistant

Geography_Nerd said...

It would be nice if the structure had an electrical outlet or two. That way we could install some box fans or something, otherwise the structure will just become a sauna during the summer.

Will & Lola

Kate Farley said...

A couple of ideas that I've heard floating around recently:

1. Place the picnic tables on a surface that the dogs can't dig under (i.e. wood deck platforms, concrete slabs, gravel)
2. Perhaps create some sort of covered decking for tables or benches for inclement weather or direct sun.
3. Include some dog agility fixtures (a dog walk board or base, jumps, weave poles, etc)

bud Rosser said...

Perhaps some additional lighting, since the "evening crowd" in the wintertime is often in the dark. Nothing huge, no big sodium "freeway" fixtures.

Jessica said...

Yesterday was my first visit to Beasley. My puppy Samson had a blast. I agree that additional lighting for the winter months would be great. I think it's great that the city is involved, but I'm thinking we could do alot of these structures ourselves. My boyfriend goes to SCAD and I'm sure other dog owners do, too, so they know where to find materials and how to construct them. Especially the idea about adding dog agility fixtures- that sounds like a fun D.I.Y. project for the handier dog owners. Just some thoughts.