Enterprise Bark Park proposal

Published 06/12 2014 06:50PM

Updated 06/12 2014 08:02PM

After more than two years of planning, a place where dog-owners can bring their pets could finally be in the works.

"A lot of our citizens in Enterprise are in smaller homes with smaller yards or apartments or townhouses,” said Bark Park Committee Chair Jane Fletcher.  “We've got the military that come here for a short time, and they need a large place to take their dogs and let them run off-leash, and go have fun."

The Enterprise Bark Park committee met with city council today with a detailed proposal, one that could cost more than $100,000.00.

It would be located at the Enterprise Recreational Complex, on up to one acre of land. 

Bark Park Board Secretary Brian Swensen teaches dog obedience and works with animal shelters.  So he knows firsthand why people say a dog park is needed.

"If you live in a town house, and your backyard is 20 feet by 40 feet, how are you going to exercise your dog there?  You can't.  You need someplace to take your dog, throw that frisbee, throw that ball, and really have a good time, and meet other dog owners who have similar interests," Swensen said.

But the city's not footing the bill.  It's up to the committee to cover the costs, and they’ve raised $20,000.00 over the last two months, and a total of $23,000.00.

"We need to continue with the fundraising.  We need to get our fence, we need to get our bench and get our water,” said Fletcher.  “And it's kind of like the old story, if you build it, they will come.  And if we build it, they're going to come."

And it's up to the city to make the final decision, which could take some time.

"We've instructed our recreation director to go out and look at the additional property that's being requested.  We'll take a visual of that, and we'll consult with our attorney to make sure everything is in place as it should be," said Mayor Kenneth Boswell.

In terms of funding, Bark Park committee members say they're confident they will raise all of the money needed. 

If the park is approved, city officials say the city will provide the water and maintenance.

Bark park committee members are hoping to begin the project as soon as July. 

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