Parks Commissions recommends dog park at sports park site

January 18, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

$25,000 ruled not enough to create, maintain potential park

NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 18, 2011

After holding two public hearings, the Parks Commission unanimously passed a recommendation to the City Council Jan. 12  that an off-leash dog park be constructed at the site of the future sports park on Southeast 95th Way.

However, the commission also unanimously voted that the council’s recommended budget of $25,000 would not be enough to construct and maintain a dog park, given that it would only be enough to build a one-acre park and maintain it for one year.

City Manager Rob Wyman said the City Council will likely review the commission’s recommendation at its Feb. 1 meeting.

A park constructed in the site future sports park would likely be one or two acres and temporary. It would need to be moved when construction begins on the park, which is slated for 2016. The future sports park’s design calls for an off-leash dog park on the east end of the property.

Allen Dauterman — representative from the Newcastle group Friends Embracing the Canine Heart — said his organization is still not interested in funding a dog park at the site of the future sports park. He said F.E.T.C.H. will not give up in its fight to get an off-leash dog park constructed somewhere in Lake Boren Park.

“We don’t feel defeated at all,” he said. “If anything, we’re more energized.”

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