The compromise on parking is that when major recreation events such as sports tournaments are scheduled, the dog park will be closed. The Perry Hall and White Marsh recreation councils will make the call to close the dog park.
At times the dog park is closed, the gate, operated by card reader system, will not open. Each dog park member will be issued a card to operate the gate, which will not only track the level of usage but provide a measure of security by showing which members were in the park if trouble breaks out.
Dog park members will be expected to live up to the dog park rules of etiquette (see sidebar).
Tammy Zaluzney, of Overlea, head of the PHIA dog park committee, said a Facebook page the committee set up in April 2011 about a dog park to serve Perry Hall built momentum. The page, which provides updates on the project, is at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/PerryHallDogPark.
"In four days, we gained over 100 members. Now, it's about 250," she said. "Social media can change the landscape of an entire country, much less a dog park."
Zaluzney said the field at Honeygo Run is all but perfect.
"It doesn't need grading. It basically just needs a fence around it," she said. "A lot of folks are waiting for that fence to go up. ... But it won't happen overnight. If I had a magic wand, I would wave it."
She said there are still issues to be resolved, such as whether to put a limit on the number of dogs that can be in the park at one time. She said she expects the tracking information from the automatic gate will be a guide after the park is open.
Ironically, Zaluzney, who has three dogs, won't be using the dog park, at least not yet. Her dogs are too old to share space with frisky canines.
"They are a little selective of their friends," she said.
"But I know I will always have dogs and I hope in the future I will have a dog to take," she added.