A Denver off-leash dog park could become the first permanent Park Spark project site nationally if funding is awarded from the Colorado Recycling Grant Program (RREO). In March, several Denver groups collaborated with Denver D.O.G. to move Park Spark Denver closer to reality.
Cedar Dog and her transcriber first wrote about the ingenious Park Spark located in Cambridge, MA last September 2010. Originally, it was a month’s long arts council project. The creator, artist Matthew Mazzotta, believed it would get people thinking about "not wasting waste."
According to Mazzotta, Park Spark “transforms dog waste (dog poo) into energy (methane) through a publicly fed methane digester in a dog park.” The power generated could light city streets, neighborhood parks, and sidewalks all with the power of dog waste. Imagine 75 million dogs and 93 million cats producing billions of tons of waste a year. Typically, pet waste goes to landfills inside plastic bags where it becomes more or less a permanent part of the landscape for generations.
Cedar Dog insists, “Stoop to scoop; stop sending pet waste to landfills and cease using plastic shopping bags for collection.” Your job as pet parents is to learn what alternatives exist.
On June 7, 2011 Cedar Dog’s transcriber, Kathy Deitsch of PetsGoneGreen.com & Rose Seemann of Envirowagg, LLC team up to present a “first of its kind” talk at the annual Colorado Association of Recyclers conference in Breckenridge, CO. The presentation, It’s Time to Make a Hullabaloo about Pet Poo! Stay tuned for more presentation details including earth-friendly pet waste disposal options, and updates on Park Spark Denver.