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3/13/2012 9:58:00 AM
GC dog park project in the works
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Suzanne Avantyr and her dog Kiwi take advantage of a local dog park in the community they lived in prior to moving to the Grand Canyon. Avantyr hopes to establish a dog park within Grand Canyon National Park.
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Suzanne Avantyr and her dog Kiwi take advantage of a local dog park in the community they lived in prior to moving to the Grand Canyon. Avantyr hopes to establish a dog park within Grand Canyon National Park.

Clara Beard
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Chances are, if you and your energetic four-legged friend live in the Grand Canyon community, finding a space to play ball or frisbee with them presents a challenge.

After realizing there was no place for their lab mix "Kiwi" to run free inside the park, the Avantyr family has decided to do something about it.

"Walking is great and there are many wonderful paths, we've enjoyed most of those paths," Suzanne Avantyr said, who moved into the park last October from Castillo de San Marcos National Park in Florida. "But there is nothing that can really replace them being able to run free. There are so many dogs here. I see people on the paths all the time and we've talked about how we have the same feeling about our dogs needing to get their ya-ya's out."

After an informal meeting last week, Avantyr said she and other dog lovers brainstormed their initial plan of action. They debated possible areas for a dog park within the park and how to make it happen with backing from volunteers and the Park Service.

From March 15-20, a petition in support of the dog park project will be available to sign at the Grand Canyon Rec Center. Avantyr welcomes volunteers from the community to write letters to the Park Service, eventually help put up fencing, or help in other ways to show support. She wants to make it as easy as possible for the Park Service to say "yes" to the project.

"I understand that this park is for the American people and we don't want to take away from that at all," Avantyr said. "For some of us, our families include our dogs, and we'd like to have a nice place in which they can recreate. My dog is a very good socializer and she really likes interacting, it would be really nice to have one location where our other family friends, the canines, can socialize and run free."

Contact Avantyr at (928) 890-9734 if you would like to help.










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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Article comment by: james joyce

The park has an existing problem with pets: noise, feces, strays, wildlife damage etc . Having a dog-park might encourage more GC residents to acquire a dog. We should be aiming to reduce the number of pets in GCNP and get back on track, that this is ultimately a national park.

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Article comment by: Mildred Atkins

I support the idea of a dog park in the Grand Canyon area. I know that anyone with a dog here would use the facility all the time. Little up keep. The users would clean up after themselves. Sure, great idea. I agree with Stacey. Dogs deserve to have a good run!

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Article comment by: Stacy Young

How wonderful! Good luck. I wish Williams could get their act together to get one too.



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