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Dog runs in the works under I-95 in Pennsport, here’s a look at renderings

Is Pennsport going to the dogs? Last week we told you about the proceedings at a Dickinson Square West Civic Association meeting regarding the creation of a dog run for Dickinson Square.


That meeting highlighted some of the negativity surrounding a dog run for the park, but it was also made clear that many residents, even those opposed to that specific location, want to see this happen somewhere in the neighborhood. Another separate group of residents is now working on plans for a dog run, this one located under I-95.


This project would create three different fenced-in areas for dogs. One small, grassy dog run would be located at Front and Federal and another larger but narrow area with grass at Tasker and Water, located across from the the Wawa on Delaware Avenue. The third run would not have grass, but instead crushed granite with orange plastic barriers fencing in the space along Mifflin Street.


This project addresses some of the concerns of those opposed to the Dickinson Square dog run, especially in regards to noise and neighborhood disruption. For these dog runs to become a reality, the project will need approval from PennDot and theĀ Interstate Land Management Corporation. Pennsport Civic Association’sĀ Ed Kirlin is working with the group to help make this a reality for the neighborhood.

Is this a more realistic option for a dog park in Pennsport?

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9 Responses to Dog runs in the works under I-95 in Pennsport, here’s a look at renderings

  1. Anthony May 24, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    I personally don’t know how anyone can put up with standing in a dog park. I grew up with dogs, and love them, but that’s why I don’t have any in South Philly. The only way you could make standing in a dog park with gravel worse is to put it under a highway overpass. Have fun!

    • Villager May 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

      Well, guess it would please some as is segregated from the community, noisey and somewhat unsafe.

    • darla May 24, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

      Crushed gravel isn’t the best but the overpass offers shelter during the rain. A lot of us live right near the overpass, walk by it, through it and practice under it, with no problem whatsoever. Plus there are TWO other options on grass. We will have fun, thanks! This will only benefit the area and keep unwanted travelers and panhandlers out.

  2. El Donaldo May 24, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    Who makes the decision to put gravel in a dog park? Not someone who owns a dog.

  3. kathleen dalin May 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    I live 5 doors from I-95 around the corner from this area. The city put in areas of grass and trees to make it athestically nicer. They have put up soft fencing when they do landscaping. We have a lot of dog walkers coming down here already from blocks away. They have knocked down the fencing for their dogs and they all do NOT pick up their dogs waste. When it is hot or rains, it smells. It has become Poopy Island. We have a dog. We grew up with dogs. Our dogs do their business in our yards, which we clean up. A dog run would just exacerabate this issue. When and where are these meetings?

  4. J May 24, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    It’s about time that wasted space under the highway be utilized for something other than parking and Mummers practice. However, “crushed granite with orange, plastic barriers” sounds more like a construction project than a dog park.

    • Kathy Braun May 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

      We Need the extra parking for bad weather . When that was opened this past winter for that big storm , it was a God send . Ploughs were able to get down streets a lot easier . As for the Mummers a lilttle Music isn’t a bad thing !

    • Roscoe May 24, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

      This is all someone’s idea in their head only. There has not been a single meeting with the Pennsport Civic Assoc or Interstate Land Management, to review or discuss these dog runs. Those two meetings would have to occur and full support from those two organizations would be needed before anything else happens. Also, who did those renderings? Where is the money coming from? Who is going to oversee and manage and clean and maintain these sites? This is amazingly incomplete .

  5. ProvWitout May 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    I really wish the “people parks” could get as much priority as all these dog parks and dog runs… For example. ALSO UNDERNEATH I-95, you’ll find a seriously neglected basketball court and roller hockey rink. Why not clean that up, fix the rims, replace the lights, fix the backboards and nets, paint some nice collegiate ruled lines on the ground, and make it nice again. When they first were put up, there were some pretty competitive runs on those courts. It sucks to be shooting around on a court that is filthy and almost falling apart, while people talk of spending money on a park for dogs just a few paces away..

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