Fencing is necessary at all dog parks to provide a safe space for dogs and their owners. There are multiple materials to choose from. Fencing accounts for a substantial portion of the dog park construction budget.
Fencing materials should be strong enough to provide a safe perimeter around the dog park as well as requiring minimal maintenance.
Wood Fencing is visually appealing and can endure multiple weather conditions. It is not as durable as steel and provides more opportunity for dogs, and other animals to manipulate its alignment, increasing the risk of dogs escaping.
Coated Steel Fence
Coated steel fencing is chain link metal fencing with round top and bottom pipe rails and posts that are coated in vinyl to provide durability in harsh weather conditions.
Uncoated Steel Fence
Uncoated steel is galvanized chain link metal fencing with round top and bottom pipe rails and posts. Uncoated steel is durable, and cheaper than the vinyl-coated version, but is more susceptible to weather damage. This may cause a need for frequent maintenance.
Fence Height (feet)
5 to 7 feet (above surface) is a typical height range of dog park fences. Fencing should be tall enough to ensure that large dogs and smaller athletic breeds cannot jump over it, but not so tall that it ads unnecessary costs to the project. It should also be noted that fencing extends below the surface to prevent dogs from digging and escaping beneath it.