I'm on the board of a volunteer organization that has helped established Richmond Hill's first dog park. It took a long while, but eventually a pilot project was approved. Were still currently in the trial stages, but it's been going pretty well. There is a number of people currently petitioning to close the park, mostly locals who have been against it since the start. It's always the 'not in my backyard!' philosophy...
I'm not sure what kind of input to give. I personally can't bring my dogs to the park because they aren't suitable for the environment, but I'm still a strong supporter of having a park available and still offer my time to volunteer with it. Many people don't have any areas to let their dogs run and play, and it's important to their health to be able to get the activity and socialization. A dog park is definitely an asset to any city! Not only for the dogs, but for the community it can bring together.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
We have a website at www.rhk9klub.ca/
if you want to check it out.