Originally Posted by jocoyn
Sounds like a lot of money but not sure why a dog park should be "free". There is probably a lot of cleaning and fencing and poo pickup as well as equipment etc. and it sounds like administrative controls etc.
The two main dog parks in Ottawa are run by the NCC (National Capital Commission) which falls under the Government of Canada. They are large partially fenced free to the public parks, basically "use at your own risk" types. There's no one checking vaccinations records or licenses at the gate. There's certainally no temperament testing either
I personally have never had major problems, most owners are responsible but I quit because it was getting to be a little too crazy with the business of the parks.
As much as I like free things, I would pay if there was somewhere nearby where it was totally fenced and quieter.