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Monday, June 26, 2006

"Runway" Milwaukee Dog Park

Saturday is normally our day to take the girls to the Granville dog park in northern Milwaukee. As we did so, we came across many of the same dogs we see there each and every week. Sure, it was the same day and time that we normally go there, but we had figured that other people wouldn't be as devoted as we were to go during the same day and time every week.

While we walked, we watched the girls interact with other dogs and have their play time in the river. Dakota just loved the water but Cheyenne, well, let's just say she is a mud dog. Her once dark chocolate fur changes quickly into that of a hippo in the far reaches of Southern Africa. It was then that we decided that we need to find another dog park to frequent on those days where we don't feel like hosing down the Lab brats (and the car) when we finally get home.

So, it was off to the local Milwaukee off-leash dog park, formally known as the "Runway". The noise wasn't as bad as we had thought, given that it is physically next to the airport's plane take strips.
This double-gated fenced area offers a wide space for dogs to exercise. The area is southeast of the Cudahy Nature Preserve and can be accessed by a gravel road at 1214 E. Rawson Ave. Beyond the gravel parking lot are trails 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 miles long. This permit-based area offers daily and annual passes for admission. (Milwaukee Dog Parks, 2006)

It didn't offer the hiking ambiance as the Granville Dog park, but it seems to be a suitable backup. Unlike the Granville Dog Park, the Runway is a fee-based park and both permits and licenses are needed. So, if you are looking for a nice stretch of land and don't mind paying for a yearly permit, this would be a good place to bring your pup. If you are looking for more of a hiking atmosphere with woods, hills, a river, and no fees, then check out the Granville Dog Park. We are sure you wont be sorry.



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