Office of Disability Services (ODS)

Wingerd Service Dog Park

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Overview

Service animals play an important role for many students with all types of disabilities. Service animals offer their owners significant emotional and physical support, as well as an additional level of mobility and access to daily living activities. 

Nationally recognized for its commitment to students with disabilities, Wright State University was one of the first universities in the country to offer an on-campus dog park reserved for service animals. 

Park Features

Located on Wright State’s Dayton campus, Wingerd Service Dog Park offers a full acre of accessible, fenced exercise space near the academic buildings and residence halls. The park features:

  • one acre of accessible, fenced green space
  • convenient location near academic buildings and residence halls
  • paved accessible paths
  • double-gated entrance 
  • electric gate openers
  • water station
  • waste disposal stations
  • emergency response phone
  • covered patio area
  • lighting
  • seating

More improvements are planned for the near future, including:

  • dog agility training equipment
  • non-toxic flower beds & landscaping

Location

Park Rules

Service animals within the fenced park area are permitted to be off leash in the safe and secure environment, allowing both animals and their student owners to exercise, relax, and socialize.

  1. The park is strictly designated for use by service dogs and trainees only. Pets are not permitted under any circumstances.
  2. The service dog park is open 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset.
  3. All service dogs must be licensed and wear current license and vaccine tags.
  4. All service dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the fenced area.
  5. Gates should be closed at ALL times.
  6. Owners/handlers must be in voice control of their service dog at all times.
  7. Owners/handlers must pick up after their service dog and dispose of all litter.
  8. Owners/handlers are responsible for any injuries or damage caused by their service dog.
  9. No smoking, no alcoholic beverages, no glass containers, and no eating is permitted in the park.
  10. Agility/exercise apparatus is for service dogs only. Please do not sit, walk, or climb on the equipment.
  11. Owners/handlers who fail to comply with these rules will be asked to leave.
  12. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at 937.775.5680 with any questions or concerns.

History

photo of the dedication plaque at the dog park
Dedicated in honor of former Wright State student Samantha Laux and her service dog, Dylan, the park exemplifies the university’s commitment to creating an inclusive and dynamic learning environment.

Established in 2008, the Wingerd Service Dog Park construction was funded by generous gifts from:

  • the Wallis Foundation of California,
  • the Laura J. Niles Foundation of Connecticut, and
  • The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a Key Bank Trust

Brick Donation Program

Disability Services would like to extend the opportunity for Wright State students, alumni, family, friends, and advocates to support the mission of the Wingerd Service Dog Park. Show your love and dedication to your loyal companion by ordering a custom brick, which will be installed in the service dog park on campus. All proceeds from the sale of bricks will support the maintenance and continued improvement of the park. 

Memorialize or honor a beloved:

  • service animal
  • emotional support animal
  • therapy animal 
  • pet

Brick Donation Brochure (PDF)

Brick Giving Levels

Bronze Paw Donors ($50)
  • one 4” x 8” paver brick installed in Wingerd Service Dog Park
  • laser-engraved custom message, up to 3 lines of text or symbols* (18 characters/line) 
  • installation of brick in the park 
  • invitation to annual brick installation ceremony 
  • gift recognition on ODS website 
Silver Paw Donors ($100)
  • Bronze Paw level items listed above, plus
  • certificate of recognition 
  • personal thank-you email from ODS director 
Gold Paw Donors ($500)
  • Bronze Paw level items listed above, plus
  • certificate of recognition 
  • personal thank-you letter from ODS director 
  • replica mini-brick (1.5” x 3”) 

Create a digital mockup of your custom brick using the brick generator tool!

Donors

Brick Program Donors

Gold Paw Donors

Gail and Chris Laux

Bronze Paw Donors

Jean Denney

Gate Installation Donors

  • The Laura J. Niles Foundation
  • The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a Key Bank Trust