Over the past few years, the Victoria Park Civic Association worked closely with District II Commissioner Dean Trantalis to bring a high-quality "dog park" to the center of Fort Lauderdale. VPCA suggested "crowdsourcing" as a way to raise the $80,000+ needed for a canine area in Holiday Park. The city's Office of Neighbor Support accepted the challenge -- using this dog park project for the city's first attempt at crowdsourcing. Volunteers from Victoria Park made numerous presentations to nearby neighborhood associations to enlist support citywide. We're pleased to announce that, using the online Citizinvestor app, we met our goal in the summer of 2015.
The city has completed preliminary design work and with funding now in place, the project will go out to bid shortly.
We'd like to thank Ryan Henderson in the Office of Neighbor Support for all of his help in coordinating this first-in-the-city effort -- and Parks & Rec staff for finding a suitable Holiday Park location within walking distance of many Victoria Park residents.
Great job, everyone!
And this from Commissioner Trantalis' September 2015 Newsletter
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great summer. While you may have been away, our city initiatives continued to progress. To start, a new dog park in the center of Fort Lauderdale is set to become reality. The city has completed the design for the one-acre site located to the northeast of War Memorial Auditorium in Holiday Park. Our city staff expects to finalize the plans and bid out the construction work by the end of the year. Separate fenced-in play areas for small and big dogs would be built. Amenities could include a pavilion, benches, water fountains for people and dogs, sand paths, agility equipment and decorative entryways. I was able to direct $50,000 as seed money from an account dedicated to park improvements in District 2. As a result, the dog park has turned into a true community effort with significant donations made to cover the rest of the cost. More than $31,000 was raised through a crowdsourcing internet site called Citizinvestor and hand-delivered donations. Victoria Park resident Martyna Kilsheimer contributed $10,000 of the $31,000. In addition, District 2 resident Larry Danielle has committed to match the city's contribution. All the donors deserve our deepest thanks in helping make the park a reality. We continue to look for other donors. Depending on the final money raised, we hope to include all the amenities in the park from the day it opens. We expect the dog park will be a major draw for the growing neighborhoods around downtown, particularly Victoria Park, Lake Ridge and Flagler Village. City staff worked closely with the Victoria Park Civic Association to select a location and design the park, and the final plans were well-received at the neighborhood's September meeting
Other Nearby Dog-Friendly Open Spaces
Bark Park -- Synder Park
Canine Beach -- Fort Lauderdale Beach
All Saints Episcopal Church - 319 Tarpon Dr, one block south of Las Olas on the New River