Exercise and socializing. Two activities often turned to for recreation, whether you’re man or man’s best friend. It was this thought that gave the City of Bonita Springs the idea to create Mayhood Dog Park. The first of its kind, the city hoped to provide a place for pets and their owners alike to play and relax. Our team aimed to design a park with modern day amenities for dogs of all sizes, while paying careful consideration to the environmental limitations surrounding the park.
Our landscape architectswere able to incorporate Florida-friendly landscaping with nearly all native plant selections, as well as preserve extensive existing vegetation. By integrating overflow areas, we were able to minimize the park’s footprint while still accommodating a large number of visitors on a daily basis. Users enjoy features such as a dog washing station, walking paths, and separate areas for small- and large-breed dogs.
Other key project design successes include complete storm water retention on site, site sensitive irrigation, and sustainable materials. Mayhood Dog Park is a thriving example of the City Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments’ efforts to deliver quality public spaces while benefiting the community quality of life in multiple, integrated ways.