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 websiteand 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.