Runway Dog Park

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Runway Dog Park in Oak Creek has been used as an off-leash dog park for the past 15 years, however, although the dog park has been managed by Milwaukee County Parks, the land is owned by Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, which means it is under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight.

As part of a recent review of a new Mitchell International Airport master plan, the FAA determined that all airport-owned land must only be used for aviation-related activities. As a dog park is not a qualifying activity according to the FAA, continued use of the dog park would jeopardize federal funding for the airport. The dog park, therefore, will be closed indefinitely on November 1, 2022.

We understand how frustrating it is to lose a much-loved amenity, so we have included funding in the 2023 parks budget for a study to look at our parkland in the county, to identify any other sites that could be a suitable replacement for Runway Dog Park.

A public input mapping tool was available and collected ideas for future dog parks from August 3rd until February 1st. The results can be found below:

Update (December 2023)

Parks applied for capital funds for a dog park design in the 2024 Capital Budget process but did not receive funding due to other pressing needs. Parks will reapply for this funding during the 2025 Capital Budget process.

Runway Dog Park in Oak Creek has been used as an off-leash dog park for the past 15 years, however, although the dog park has been managed by Milwaukee County Parks, the land is owned by Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, which means it is under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight.

As part of a recent review of a new Mitchell International Airport master plan, the FAA determined that all airport-owned land must only be used for aviation-related activities. As a dog park is not a qualifying activity according to the FAA, continued use of the dog park would jeopardize federal funding for the airport. The dog park, therefore, will be closed indefinitely on November 1, 2022.

We understand how frustrating it is to lose a much-loved amenity, so we have included funding in the 2023 parks budget for a study to look at our parkland in the county, to identify any other sites that could be a suitable replacement for Runway Dog Park.

A public input mapping tool was available and collected ideas for future dog parks from August 3rd until February 1st. The results can be found below:

Update (December 2023)

Parks applied for capital funds for a dog park design in the 2024 Capital Budget process but did not receive funding due to other pressing needs. Parks will reapply for this funding during the 2025 Capital Budget process.

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2023 is nearly over and we still haven’t heard any updates…I’m shocked.

The county executive sure was adamant in his remarks to this community that something would be done. Can’t wait for the next excuse. If we even get that

reisinj6 6 months ago
Page last updated: 11 Dec 2023, 03:12 PM