Quann has some unique characteristics that users need to consider. In addition to the fully fenced main field there is a separate path/creek corridor which is fenced on three sides but open to Wingra creek. The path/creek corridor requires dogs to be under especially good voice control for their own safety, to prevent them from crossing the creek and/or going around the ends of the fence. The north end of the creek corridor ends close to busy traffic on Olin Ave. At the south end near the bridge escapees could get hurt by cars in the parking lot or on Wingra Creek Parkway. They could also hurt or interfere with pedestrians and bicyclists on the bridge and bike paths on both sides of the creek. If your dog is not under good enough voice control, please keep your dog leashed in the creek corridor, or stay in the main field that is fully enclosed.
Even off-leash parks have leash rules!
Dogs must be leashed when entering and leaving the off-leash areas. Please don’t let your dog run loose in the parking lots, it is dangerous! One of the little known official off-leash parks rules, way at the bottom of the list, is that “The owner/handler must have the leash in his/her possession at all times.” In other words - don’t leave your leash in the car, on the fence or at the kiosks. You may need to leash your dog if a fight breaks out near you, a city or county vehicle is driving/working in the park with the gates open, or some other unexpected event occurs.
How to use the double gated entries.
The double gated entries are installed for all our dogs’ safety! They serve two functions – to prevent escapes and to minimize fights as dogs enter the park. Please be a good neighbor and use the double gated entry at the Quann (tennis court) parking lot to help protect everyone’s dog, even though that single gate may be easier, closer or more convenient for you.
- Wait for the double gated area to be clear of people and dogs before entering. Only your own group of dogs is allowed with you between the double gates at any time.
- Keep all dog(s) on leash, open the first gate and enter the area, then close the first gate behind you.
- Remove leashes and any choke or pinch collars from your dog(s). Remember that your dog needs to wear their permit and other tags, so they need to be wearing a flat collar or harness.
- Open the gate into the play area and let your dog(s) in to the dog park.
- Close and latch the interior gate behind you.
- Do the reverse on your way out!
Some people think of it as an airlock where only one gate can be open at a time. Leashes go off and on within the gates, like a changing room. Respect the next person who will use the gates by always closing them behind you.
If you MUST use a single gated area, like into the creek corridor, please use the pedestrian gate rather than the larger vehicle gate to minimize the potential for other dogs to escape as you are entering/leaving. Be extra vigilant to make sure no one else’s dog can escape and/or come to harm