The initiative to bring dog parks to Johnson County began in 2002 with group of area dog owners. The group registered JCdogPAC as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2003 with an initial focus to develop an off-leash park in Iowa City. Since then, two Iowa City dog parks have been built. Both are now owned and operated by the City of Iowa City:
- Thornberry, an 11-acre park on the north side of Iowa City opened in 2006
- Rita’s Ranch, an approximate 3-acre park on the south side of Iowa City opened in 2009
In January, 2015, JCDogPAC Board of Directors decided to revisit its original mission to help develop dog parks throughout Johnson County, turning its focus to investigate opportunities outside of Iowa City.
We will continue to advocate for fenced in, off-leash dog parks throughout Johnson County where people and their dogs can socialize and exercise in a clean, safe environment in harmony with people, property, and wildlife.
We welcome donations to help us accomplish our mission! Because we are a nonprofit, your donations will be tax deductible. Donate Today!