Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I have to be a member to use the Dog Park?
Although the fenced dog park is located within a Carlisle Borough managed park, the dog park receives no financial support from the Borough or taxpayers. It is entirely volunteer managed and funded. The costs of managing the park as well as requirements for dog park insurance mean that the park cannot be open to the public with no regulation. Park members are required to pay a small annual membership fee, provide proof of vaccinations for dogs, and agree to adhere to park rules.
When can I bring toys/food/treats into the park?
To avoid conflict with other dogs, we discourage bringing toys or treats to the park. The park is busiest during the week from 3pm-dusk and from 10am-12noon on weekends. Please be mindful of these high traffic times if you must bring a toy or treats.
What does it cost to run the park?
The basic operating cost for the park is about $5,000 per year. This includes insurance fees, utility bills for water and electricity, the cost of the gate lock system, and the camera security system. Additional costs, such as park maintenance, mulch and equipment are covered by fundraisers and grants. The cost of operating and improving the park is covered solely by membership fees, grants and fundraisers.
What improvements are planned for the park?
The park currently includes two acres of fenced land, but we have access to four acres total. Eventually, CADPA would like to add additional fenced spaces and a walking trail around the perimeter of the park. In addition, we hope to add more permanent seating areas for humans and play equipment for dogs (jumps, items to climb on, etc.) as soon as the budget allows.
How can I help?
The dog park is maintained entirely through member support. Volunteers are always needed! Click here for more information.