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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sprucing up the dog park at Kennedy Park

Beneful, a Purina dog food brand, is headed to Miami next Wednesday, July 20, to lend a paw at the Dog Park at David T. Kennedy Park. The Beneful team is gifting the City of Miami $20,000 to support the popular local dog park as part of its 2016 Dream Dog Park Project. In addition to the donation, they will be working side-by-side with Miami Parks & Recreation and community volunteers to install and paint new park equipment and help with beautification efforts. 

Beneful is helping out the Coconut Grove dog park as part of the 2016 Dream Dog Park Project, which will support more than a dozen dog parks across the U.S. through donations and volunteerism. Miami is the second stop of the season. More than a dozen volunteers will do the sprucing up.

“We’re thrilled to join the Beneful team and our dog-loving community to spruce up one of our city’s most popular dog parks,” said Kevin Kirwin, Director, City of Miami Parks & Recreation. “The improvements and additions we have planned will benefit dogs and their owners for years to come.” 

The event is from 8:30 to 11 am.

For more information, please visit and follow the team on Facebook via or Twitter via @Beneful and #DreamDogPark.

Kennedy Park is at 2400 South Bayshore Drive.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woof woof

July 14, 2016 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no reason on Earth to place a Dog Park on a multimillion dollar Bayfront property. There is actually no reason for a few pet owners to expect all taxpayers to pay for this exclusive use of a portion of our public parks. Why not keep your dog in your backyard and don't impose it on the rest of us? This Dog Park should never have been located at Kennedy Park in the first place. Perhaps it’s time to at least reconsider our priorities and move the Dog Park to a location with trees and not with an envious waterfront view.

July 14, 2016 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a miserable human being you must be...

July 14, 2016 1:04 PM  
Blogger Grovite said...

Anon 10:53 - Well said but you didn't go far enough. What a joke to locate a dog park there, as if dogs give a s!@# what the view is. And what a waste to donate money (which will probably come with a requirement that the city chip in as well) to spruce it up. As if there aren't children going hungry in the City of Miami that could use those $20,000 much better than to give dogs a freaking obstacle course.

BTW, I have a dog, a geriatric boxer, which is a joy in my house. But people are people, and dogs are animals.

July 14, 2016 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:04 You've got it backwards. A miserable human being is a human who prefers the company of dogs to that of fellow human being's!

July 14, 2016 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are dog owners so exceptional that they receive special treatment above all other pet owners? If a person really requires a dog and a designated dog park (at taxpayer’s expense) in order to socialize, than they may have a serious problem with human interaction and lack of communication skills. Why not leave the dog and cellphone at home. Strike up conversations with your family, friends and neighbors? Get involved with life and don’t isolate yourself with a pet or with other pet owners that care more about their dog than their own kids. Just please spare us your emotional neediness for a companion. Don’t mistake its appreciation for sustenance and shelter as love and devotion. The first chance you leave the front door open it will take off. That should be a good indication of how much he cares for you. Please keep your pet in your own backyard. If you must take it out in public than at least buy some doggy diapers so that it does not soil our community.

July 14, 2016 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said anon 9:45!

July 15, 2016 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are all the commenters serious? Have you ever been to the dog park? It is actually quite the social scene. Many people go and interact with other people, they just also bring their dogs along - very normal really. Kennedy park is a very large park where humans AND dogs can go, what is the problem? There is not so much dog park that the humans are relegated to a dark corner of the grove. Never have I been to Kennedy and seen it overcrowded - not by dogs or people. If a DOG company wants to invest into a public DOG park, I say thanks. Is there something wrong with Beneful investing into an area related to their business model? Not sure how this hurts anyone, so you should all probably just relax

July 15, 2016 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s a bit ironic. Peacocks are being threatened with expulsion because they squawk, defecate and perch. While pet owners feel they are entitled to allow their dogs to bark, urinate, defecate, as well as bring flees to our public streets and parks. It’s not fair that a few pet owners take advantage of our taxes and demand exclusive use of Public Parks for their dogs. A better solution might be that one dog owner on each block offer the use of his backyard to his pet owner pals, so they may social together and not impose themselves on the rest of us.

July 15, 2016 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good anon 9:56. I believe comments might be digging deeper than a dog park in a public park. I think the negatives are about humans bonding with other human, not a dog. Sure people co-mingle as their dogs experience the pack. But, that's not a bond.
A bond results in two people who enjoy each other, date, make love, get married and perhaps have kids. I've experienced women who are perfectly content to sleep in bed with their dogs, kiss em?

July 15, 2016 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea! wish I did not have to work and would love to volunteer!! We need more green spaces and especially fun places for our 4-legged companions.
Shade would be super nice!

July 19, 2016 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh gosh, after I posted about what a great idea and volunteering I read the comments. Cant believe people feel so negative. I have lived in S Miami and Coconut Grove my whole life, the beauty of the Grove is trees, diversity in homes, animals and the freedom from crazy concrete of other areas. Animals - dogs have always been a special part of it. To take the Grove and continue to cut down trees, take away water front for cement monstrosities is horrid. Hialeah, will happily welcome your concrete madness and the Gables will welcome your organization. Grove is a tree, diverse, bit hippy and hip paradise - which happens to love dogs! cheers, e

July 19, 2016 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one am for sprucing up the dog park. I agree that more trees and shade are warranted!

July 19, 2016 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coconut palms are not trees.

July 20, 2016 6:34 PM  

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