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Midtown’s Pop-Up Dog Park Recognized With International Award

Great news for dog lovers!

The International Downtown Association (IDA) recently announced that the Midtown Business Association has been honored with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to the mobile Pop-Up Dog Park concept that was successfully launched in 2014.

Recognized in the Events and Programming category, projects and initiatives were selected from organizations working to further their city centers and improve the image and vitality of downtown with events that promote downtown and attract visitors.

“Sacramento’s Midtown Pop-Up Dog Park project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The Midtown Business Association is a shining example of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”

The Washington, D.C. based International Downtown Association is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 500 member organizations and thousands of professionals, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions. The Midtown Business Association is the advocacy and management organization representing the interests of property owners in downtown Sacramento and is a member of the International Downtown Association.

“We’re thrilled Midtown’s Pop-Up Dog Park has received international recognition and has also enjoyed such overwhelming support from the community,” said Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director of the Midtown Business Association. “We are further energized by exciting plans underway for a permanent dog park at 19th & Q Streets that has already earned the unanimous support of the City of Sacramento’s Parks and Recreation Commission.”

Using portable picket fencing, sustainable materials and a double-gate system to ensure dogs are secure inside the structure, the mobile Pop-Up Dog Park was designed by the Midtown Business Association to increase canine-friendly communication and interaction and help to nurture a strong sense of community in the heart of Midtown.

Originally created as a solution to a restrictive space requirement for off-leash dog parks, the success of Midtown’s Pop-Up Dog Park has resulted in significant progress to develop a permanent dog park in Sacramento. Led by the Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA), plans for a permanent dog park in Midtown was reviewed by the Sacramento City Council on September 29.

Midtown Dog Park Master Plan

Feature photo by D. Garding/CC Flickr. Rendering of Midtown Dog Park Master Plan is courtesy of CADA, developed by Quadriga Landscape Architecture and Planning, Inc. 

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Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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