The mission of the Desoto Dog Park is to establish a gated, off-leash dog park for well behaved dogs to exercise in a clean, safe environment. In 2012, the Friends of Hot Springs Village Dog Park was established to create this park and include volunteers from existing property owners, POA board members, and dog lovers.
About the Dog Park
A dog and owner recreation facility is a very desirable amenity for the Village and surrounding community, guests, and baby boomers seeking a place to retire, and offers many advantages:
For The Dogs:
For the Owners:
Village Dog Park Concept
site is approximately 1.5 acres of level open area and is divided into two
sections for use by large and small dogs.
An existing parking lot is located adjacent to the park. The outside
fence has been modified to provide for handicapped parking spaces just outside
the park gate.
Figure #1 - Dog Park View
of the play surface in each park is covered with 2" - 3" of double hammered mulch and
the other half is covered by a 2" thick "crusher jaw chip"
stone surface which is a fine mesh stone used for paths and bench areas. Figures #2 and #3 are examples of these
surfaces in other dog parks. A somewhat larger smooth river pebble used
around the sitting areas and water fountain sites to facilitate drainage and
prevent mud. Landscaping may be installed in the future if funds become
available to allow a plant irrigation system.
Typical Mulch Surface
The fountains are a dog/owner combination as shown in Figure #4. Potable water is readily available at the edge of the park site and the discharge from the fountain is classified as grey water and can be released down the hill to the nearby spillway channel. Service is via underground lines.
Proposed Waste Station
The park gets morning and evening shade from the surrounding trees, but the time is very limited. For this reason, a 20 ft. x 30 ft. shade pavilion is planned for each of the two sections. A smaller version of the proposed shade shelter construction is shown in Figure #6 below.
Proposed Shade Shelter
Benches for the owners have been installed at the shade structures and throughout the park and play
structures for the dogs will be positioned at selected locations as funds are
The shade areas with their
benches and proximity to a watering station will provide a place for animal
lovers to congregate and be the social center of each of the park
sections. The shade shelters will be installed in the spring.