Grand Island City Council discusses new dog park

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Updated: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:17:56 CST

Tuesday night, Grand Island City Council discussed $9.5 million in capital improvements at a study session.

A Grand Island man collected over 120 signatures in an informal petition asking the City to add a dog park back in January.

Now creating that park is in the 2014/2015 capital improvements budget.

The preliminary plans are to fence in a 500 by 200 foot space of the already existing 4.5 acre Memorial Park.

That's a small area in comparison to the 55 acre dog park in Hastings.

Parks and Recreation Director, Todd McCoy says a dog park is one of the requests he receives most, and that space will allow Fido to have a little more fun.

"Have a little freedom, be able to run off the leash, have a little socialization. For the owners too, gives them a chance to meet new people, get outdoors and socialize." Said Todd McCoy, Parks and Recreation Director.

Dogs are currently allowed at all city parks, but must remain on leash.
The proposed budget for the project is $50,000.

That money would be spent mostly on fencing, as well as signage and a few amenities.

While some council members raised questions about the cost and ongoing maintenance needs, at least one council member is supporting the project.

"Well it's not an expensive item, and if there are people who support it, I think that would be great." Said Ward 3 Council member, Linna Dee Donaldson.

The capital improvement projects including the dog park are part of the overall city budget.

No action was taken tonight as it was a study session, but council will vote later this summer.