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Runway Dog Park in Oak Creek to close indefinitely this November

The land is owned by Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and must be used for aviation-related activities, the FAA says
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Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-05 14:52:43-04

OAK CREEK, Wis. — Runway Dog Park in Oak Creek will be closing indefinitely after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) determined it must be used for aviation-related activities.

While the park is managed by Milwaukee County Parks, the land itself is owned by Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. Meaning, it falls under FAA oversight.

When reviewing a new Mitchell International Airport past plan, the FAA determined that all airport-owned land must be used for aviation services, including the dog park.

With this decision, the park will close indefinitely on November 1, after operating as an off-leash dog park for 15 years.

Milwaukee County Parks posted the news on its website and announced that it would be including funding in the 2023 parks budget for a study to find other sites that could be suitable as a replacement for Runaway Park.

"We understand how frustrating it is to lose a much-loved amenity," Milwaukee County Parks wrote on its website.

Correction: The park is officially in Oak Creek, not neighboring Cudahy.

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