As the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department ponders its budget (2/8, Local, “Expect less from KC parks”), I encourage the parks commissioners to take advantage of our group’s long-standing offer to pay for an off-leash dog park at Sunnyside Park in Waldo. WOOF (Well Organized Off-Leash Friends) has never applied for city funds and has always been willing to raise the money to build this park, when and if it is approved.
On a recent Saturday afternoon I visited Penn Valley Dog Park, where roughly 80 people enjoyed the balmy weather with their pets. The No. 1 citizen request on the Parks Department’s 2008 citizen survey was more dog parks. Here’s hoping that the parks board will meet Mayor Funkhouser’s goal of increasing park usage and set an example for other grassroots groups by working with WOOF to build parks that people want.