Phoenix -- PetSmart has partnered with the City of Detroit and the non-profit community organization Detroit Dog Park to open a portable, pop-up dog park to a vacant lot in Detroit.
PetSmart’s P.U.P. (Pop-Up Park) is a shipping container that contains everything that can be deployed to create an interim dog park, including 340 ft. of fencing; three Oops clean-up stations; three moveable backless benches; lighting on and inside the container (powered by a solar panel on the roof of the container); and a storage closet. The shipping container serves as the park’s point of entry and exit.
PetSmart provided all of the equipment required to set up the park, and Detroit Dog Park will maintain the park.
“At PetSmart, we believe in enriching people’s lives through the power of pets, and this is centered on giving back to the communities where we all live and work,” said David Lenhardt, president and CEO, PetSmart. “The PetSmart P.U.P. will provide the pet parents of downtown Detroit with a much-needed place to let their pets run and play while improving the community by repurposing vacant land.”
There are currently two other PetSmart P.U.P.s, both located in Phoenix, where PetSmart is based. PetSmart hopes to bring the P.U.P. to four more communities throughout the country by the end of 2014.