you for the OUTSTANDING response to the Dog Park survey. Participation was several times higher than is
usual for this type of request. Most impressive are the notes, showing clearly the careful consideration
of many respondents.
Facts and Insights from the EDOA Dog Park Survey
- We had 48 EDOA members respond to the survey, 40 full time residents
and 8 part-time residents.
- The average number of dogs owned by respondents
- Locations where dogs are exercised was spread fairly even between
Beaches (29), Trails (28), Roads (25) and Parks (23).
- Out of 48 respondents,
30 have visited a dog park, locations included both on cape and off.
top three dog park models favored: fenced (16), unleashed public parks (16), unfenced unleashed dog designated area (12).
- Respondents that preferred not to use a dog park (9).
- The top three concerns regarding dog parks were - Dogs Banned from Dog Friendly areas (22), By-Law Changes (9),
and Maintenance (9). 15 respondents had (0) concerns regarding dog parks.
- *Respondents opinion that Eastham was Dog Friendly: average is 7.02 and median is 8. (Range 1-10)
- *Respondents interest in a dog park: average is 5.75 and median is 5.5 (Range 0-10)
What the EDOA survey committee found interesting about the data is that the additional comments that were entered
by some respondents helped us understand why a member was either interested or not interested in a dog park. Interest
level depended on their personal situation with their dogs. For example, if a dog owner felt comfortable walking their
dog on leash or off leash in an open environment, there was little interest in a dog park, if a dog owner felt more comfortable
allowing their dog to exercise in a protected fenced area there was much more interest in a dog park. The specific question
asking for a rating on Dog Park Interest was pretty closely cut down the middle.
insight was from the question regarding preference of dog park models. (9) respondents preferred not to
use a dog park, (16) respondents preferred a fenced dog park, (2) respondents gave no answer, which left (21) respondents
that given a choice of a dog park preferred an off-leash open environment, whether or not it was formally designated or a
de facto dog exercise area.
*both the average and median
are provided for these results, median is a mid-point of all answers which is felt to be a more robust statistic than average,
as it is more resistant to swings from data outliers
The Takeaway: While there is interest in a dog park there is also concern that the status quo would be threatened by
the creation of a dedicated park. While numbers tell a story they do not tell the whole story.
A survey like this does not take into consideration the passion a respondent has for their point of view.
Only live and open discussion can plunge those depths.
opinions to the contrary, members generally see Eastham as rather dog friendly. There seems no imperative
from these results for EDOA to press for a dog park given the risks and costs (both financial and political).
However, if circumstances change the EDOA will revisit this position.