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Poo Free Parks, a Denver-based, privately held company providing pet waste services and supplies to local communities, has changed ownership.
Founded by Denver entrepreneur Bill Airy in 2009, Poo Free Parks was acquired in early May by Henry Huidekoper of Blue Sky Co, LLC. Poo Free Parks has grown from a pilot program serving one park system in the Denver Metro area to serving more than 25 municipalities in Colorado and California, according to a news release.
Airy was inspired to create Poo Free Parks from a personal experience - while walking his dogs, Airy saw another pet owner walk away from his dog’s mess and found the nearby pet waste station without bags and full of pet waste and trash. He contacted the Denver Parks and Recreation department to offer a solution and a year later the pilot program was initiated. The program was estimated to save the city $100,000 per year.
“We are thrilled to have developed a successful business model and public service that keeps our outdoor spaces clean and enjoyable for all residents and their pets and reduces the fiscal burden on local municipalities,” Airy said in the release. “This public-private partnership proves that when everyone is focused on doing the right thing, it strengthens our communities and is a win-win for taxpayers and the public.”
Poo Free Parks serves more than 300 parks and has partnerships with 25 park systems and communities across five markets, including the the City of Westminster. The company provides pet waste services and/or supplies to the municipalities or communities and makes pick-up bags and dispensers available to residents using area parks, open spaces and trails.
Poo Free Parks has collected more than five million pounds of pet waste in parks since it was established.
Program funding is provided by sponsors who are publicly recognized for their support on signs attached to each station, which offsets the cost of pet waste service and supplies.
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