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Cedar City Dog Park

Cedar City Dog Park - Our Vision

My husband, Bruce Gil, and I have been working to bring the community an off leash dog park to Cedar City along with a group of other people and have met with much resistance.

One of the things that brought resistance is the lack of funds to build a dog park which brought us to starting a non profit 501.c.3 so people who donate to our group can get a tax deductible receipt.

We were approved by the IRS in record time and have made huge steps forward in the community by hosting regular pet adoptions for shelter pets, offering low cost and free dog training seminars and classes, hosting fun events that can help people get motivated to be involved with their pets and so much more.

Meeting Notes for Cedar City Dog Park Group for Feb. 2012

The following are the meeting notes from the February 2012 Friends of the Cedar City Dog Park Group:
Called meeting of  Friends of Cedar City Dog Park
February 22, 2012 @ 6PM
Cedar City Library inthe Park
Attending:  Diane Gil, Bruce Gil, Paul White, Julie LeBaron, Lynne Brown, Kim Ritz, Jessica Van Woeart,Sarah Scott, Jeri Kelsey, Bitsy McClain, Cindy Butts, Gail Workman.
The meeting was called to order at 6:10 PM and Diane Gil initiated discussion of the FCCDP board.

We are OFF and....

RUNNING…and it is feeling GOOD!
People always use the saying, “It’s all in the numbers”.  If that is the case, our numbers are looking good.
When I held the folder of dog park petitions a few weeks ago, we had over 40 pages of signatures supporting the dog park.  The average page consisted of 15 to 25 signatures per page, depending upon the formatting.  This folder is “out there”,within our group, and I know has changed hands a few times to the good folks willing to help get more signatures.

Friends of the Cedar City Dog Park have started blogging

Friends of the Cedar City Dog Park started a blog that is geared toward educating the community.  They will regularly post information and links from various sources.

Take a look at their new site and blog at:


10 Reasons to Support a Dog Park in Cedar City

We have been working hard to get a dog park in Cedar City for many reasons.  Here are just a few.

Reasons to support our dog park:
  • Dogs that play hard are less destructive and calmer at home.
  • There are numerous health benefits for both dogs and their owners for instance exercise and socialization.
  • Dog parks are not just for dogs, they are a great place for owners to meet with other people who share their love of dogs.
  • Many disabled and senior citizens are not physically able to exercise their dogs,

Dog Park Pledges Needed

The dog park group is needing pledges to prove to the Cedar City Council, whom they will be addressing on February 15, 2012, that the community is in support of the dog park.  Everyone who pledges will be acknowledged of their support via our website and on printed materials,  See below:

Hello from Friends of the Cedar City Dog Park Project!

A new dog park in the city, where dogs can legally run off-leash needs community support.

Our group is in the preliminary stages of drawing up a master plan to detail land requirements,material costs, publicity, and liability assessments.

New Cedar City Dog Park Website

If you have been wondering about the progression of the
Cedar City Dog Park, please refer to the new site at:
 Even though the website is still under construction,
there is a lot of valuable information that can be obtained
from the current state.

Cedar City Dog Park Meeting 1-7-2012

Minutes from meeting on 1/7 - called to order 3:05PM
In attendance:  Kim Ritz, Lynne Brown, Diane Gil & Paul White
Lynne was told by Nina Barnes on the City Council that we should meet with the  Parks and Recreation Advisory board before going addressing the City Council.
 Lynne is going to get in touch with Bruce Barclay who is a member of the Park Committee to see when they are scheduled to meet.  It's more than likely the City Council will refer our request to this Committee (chairperson is Nina Barnes), so we would like to find out more about them.


The meeting for those interested in supporting the group that is trying to get a dog park in Cedar City is scheduled for 3PM at the Cedar City Library on December 3, 2011.
The purpose:
  • To establish a fenced in, off-leash dog park where well-behaved canines can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property or wildlife. 
  • To develop a social interaction for all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park's rules and restrictions.

Cedar City Dog Park Community Meeting

The next Cedar City Dog Park Meeting will be held on Sat., Dec. 3rd, 2011 at the Cedar City Library at 3PM.  Everyone welcome.

Why does Cedar City need a dog park? 
Because it would benefit dog owners and non-dog owners alike.

If there was a dog park, dog owners would be less likely to break leash laws and have dogs in public parks where dogs are not allowed.  They are also less likely to be in areas where they are considered a "nuisance" to those that do not like or want to be around dogs.