Wagtown Dog Trail of Downtown Dayton

The nation’s first Wagtown Dog Trail and Wagtown Barking Spots is a dog-friendly tour connecting Webster Station and Water Street to Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio. The Trail and Spots to give dog lovers easy access to poop bags, resting places, and spaces to chill and connect. These pathways are expected increase walkability, foster social experiences, encourage healthy lifestyles, suppress crime, encourage responsible dog ownership behavior, and promote humane lifestyles. The proposed date of completion is early summer 2020 to cut the ribbon on the project and start wagging! Immediately following the opening, local groups plan to activate the space year-round.

Dog-friendly aspects addressed through the project:

  1. Adding pet-friendly green space to the city

  2. Increasing pet amenities like hydration and waste stations

  3. Fostering pet-friendly retail and restaurants programs

  4. Educating about responsible pet ownership

what are the benefits of a wagtown dog trail?

  • Create an easy-to-follow route that takes people through a retail, residential, and artsy tour of Dayton – all without having to leave their dog at home.

  • Encourage more active lifestyles by promoting regular use of the route to "get in" two miles of exercise.

  • Highlight downtown Dayton's most dog-friendly businesses, retail shops, housing options, and entertainment venues.

  • Encourage responsible dog ownership.

  • Celebrate Dayton's welcoming and vibrant pet innovations.

  • Foster artistic expressions that celebrate Dayton as dog-friendly.

Communities that welcome dogs are notoriously welcoming to new residents, workforce candidates, and visitors. A win for everyone.

Communities that welcome dogs are notoriously welcoming to new residents, workforce candidates, and visitors. A win for everyone.

What is a Wagtown Dog Trail?

 

Wagtown Dog Trails are dog-friendly spaces to get out and walk, meet other playful puppers, get info on local dog-friendly events, hold programs, and more. Dog Trails increase community walkability for pedestrians (both bipedal and quadrupedal), foster social experiences, encourage healthy lifestyles, deter crime, provide a forum to demonstrate responsible dog ownership, and get dogs the fresh air they love!

what is the route of the wagtown dog trail of downtown dayton?

The Wagtown Dog Trail of Downtown Dayton will be a two-mile trek connecting Webster Station and Water Street to the Oregon District. The route will take the walkers along Monument Avenue near RiverScape MetroPark and past 5/3 Field. The route then goes along Saint Clair Street past the Main Library, Memorial Hall, Cooper Park, the incubator shops along residential spots. A turn down Fifth Street gives the walker an array of shops and restaurants to choose from - many of which are dog friendly. After that, dog walkers will head up Wayne Avenue past more Dayton entrepreneur businesses, the Troll Pub, and murals of Dayton. Next, the path heads down Cannery Row on Third Street showcasing the many unique businesses and residential options. After that, a turn down Webster Street give the walker a delicious path past the 2nd Street Market, Deli at the Market, and finishes at the HQ of Barry Staff across from Tech Town.

This collaborative project is customized to the community's specific needs. It will bring neighbors together in a historically disconnected area, connect green, and bolster pop-up and entrepreneurial zones. Programs are being developed to message Trail users for everything from pet waste management, licensing, and spay/neuter clinics to dog festivals and adoption marathons. 

The nation’s first Wagtown Dog Trail is a two-mile trek around landmarks and hot spots of two of Dayton’s downtown districts.

What is a Wagtown BARKING SPOT?

Wagtown Barking Spots are a dog-friendly tour connecting two districts to give dog lovers easy access to poop bags, resting places, and spaces to chill and connect. Wagtown is working with Dayton leadership, community partners, and animal advocates to create unique, local dog-friendly experiences that will get people yapping.

The Wagtown Barking Spots will increase walkability, foster social experiences, encourage healthy lifestyles, suppress crime, encourage responsible dog ownership behavior, and promote humane lifestyles.

where can i find wagtown barking spots along the Downtown Dayton Wagtown dog Trail?

Look for places designed to give dog lovers easy access to poop bags, resting places, and spaces to chill and connect. The Wagtown Barking Spots are expected to increase walkability, foster social experiences, encourage healthy lifestyles, suppress crime, encourage responsible dog ownership behavior, and promote humane lifestyles.

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how can i become an artist for the Wagtown Dog Trail of downtown dayton?

In partnership with Wagtown Inc, The Contemporary Dayton is seeking original public art for three (3) “Wagtown Barking Spots. Those interested in being considered should apply here. The installation space at 416 Diner is already committed to the Mural Machine team who will serve as lead artist for the project.

how can my dog be a part of the wagtown Dog TRail?

If you’d like to pay a tribute to your dog, have an honorary custom signature painted on one of the official paw prints along the trail! It’s just $10 and helps to cover the costs of the Wagtown Dog Trail. Click the link below to join the fun and make the wag happen!