Living in a big city often comes with limitations regardless of proximity to the city center but new Highlands Ranch real estate amenities extend beyond the family circle to include four-legged friends. The Highlands Ranch area offers 25 recreational parks for humans and four dog parks for their furry friends.
While dog parks may be geared toward entertaining our K-9 counterparts, often these parks can service humans with similar benefits. Providing a gathering place where one can get to know their community members and mingle with others who share a common interest is a prominent benefit of a dog park.
Owners are allowed to interact and exercise with others while providing an opportunity for their pets to be “off-leash” parading around the park. Dogs will intermingle and as a result their owners can become engaged in conversation. Providing both lifelong community members and those new to the area an equal footing for social exchange and camaraderie.
The four dog parks located throughout the Highlands Ranch area include:
Hound Hill at Highland Heritage Park
9651 S. Quebec St.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
Digger’s at Dad Clark Park
3385 Astorbrook Circle
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Fido’s Field at Foothills Park
1042 Riddlewood Rd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Rover’s Run at Redstone Park
3280 Redstone Park Circle
Littleton, CO 80129
All dog parks are operational from 7:00am until sunset providing an opportunity for pets to be off leash and running free while on campus. Dogs will enjoy the exercise, socialization and playtime without leash restrictions allowing owners to also mingle amongst themselves.
Owners are asked to pick up after their pets and keep animals under voice command control at all times. Further, aggressive pets or those in season are not permitted in any of the parks. All dogs must also be current with their vaccinations in order to enjoy the benefits of the community areas.
Denver and the Highlands Ranch suburb show how cities may benefit from dog parks
for a variety of reasons including the following from, “a 2014 study published in Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal [providing] a new perspective on the perks and drawbacks of dog parks.
Allowing new members of the community an avenue to connect with their surroundings the dog parks of Highlands Ranch serve multiple purposes.
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- At dog parks, pets serve as avatars, allowing owners to meet people and navigate space through their pets. The authors liken the environment to online gaming communities, whose members share a virtual space and participate in conversations and role playing via their avatars.
- The demographics of park visitors do not seem to matter in forming relationships. Human interactions appear to be based on how each owner’s dog behaves toward other dogs and people. Negative perceptions of a dog’s breed or behavior often extend toward owners, limiting those owners’ opportunities to build relationships with other dog-park visitors.
- Dog parks provide a place for owners to get information about local veterinarians, groomers and pet stores as well as referrals related to housing and employment. Some owners have shared resources such as offering to carpool or tutor a child.
- Some relationships extend outside the park. For example, regulars of one park created a Facebook page to communicate and share photos. Some regulars refer to the park as their ‘community.’”
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