Welcome to Willowtown's "Friends of the Dog Run"

We envision the dog run on the corner of Columbia Pl. and State St. as a vibrant, fun, and welcoming destination. This section of our website will be dedicated to serving as a stewardship hub for the "Friends of the Dog Run", where people can receive updates, share ideas, offer suggestions, volunteer for clean-ups, celebrate their dogs, and more.

Our Campaign

The Willowtown Association has been receiving emails from dog walkers, neighbors, and visitors of the Dog Run who are eager to join our “Friends of the Dog Run” campaign. To kick things off for 2018, the Willowtown Association won a City Parks Foundation Capacity Fund Grant to help create, support, and provide new tools and resources for a team of neighborhood stewards. The "Friends of the Dog Run" will work to organize regular volunteer clean-up days for sustainable maintenance, enhancement, and care for the dog run long term.


Dog Run Improvements

The Dog Run has in recent years fallen into disrepair and continues to be both an eyesore and potential health hazard to visiting canines and their owners. As a beloved neighborhood amenity, there's a growing need to restore it into a cleaner, safer, more welcoming environment. Willowtown is actively working with the city to replace the gravel surface that has deteriorated into an uneven field of mud, fix the faulty water spigot, and refurbish the existing benches that are sinking into the ground and splintering. Please join us for the first 2018 Dog Run Cleanup Day, date TBD!


Get Involved

We are in the early stages of creating a welcoming dog run community and want to hear your ideas  and suggestions. Please contact us if you are interested in

  • Joining "Friends of the Dog Run"
  • Receiving campaign information or updates
  • Offering suggestions for improvement
  • Volunteering for cleanup efforts
  • Making a donation
  • Sharing ideas, photos, and stories
  • General questions or inquiries