A dog park may be in the future for Wayne County. The Parks and
Recreation Committee discussed the idea during their meeting which
was held on Tuesday, February 18,
Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Chaplin said that the
suggestion had been brought to him several times, and a local
resident who was in support a dog park also attended last week's
Chaplin noted that the biggest concern with locating a dog park
within the current park property is insurance liability. He has
looked at other areas that have dog parks and noted that they are put
in fenced in areas away from other activities.
Dog owners are required to park in a specific area and take leashed
dogs directly to the fenced-in area. There must be a water source
inside the dog park and benches for animal owners to sit on.
Chaplin did tell committee members that there were a couple of areas
at the park that could be developed for a dog park. Mayor Tracie
Sexton said she had also been approached by people interested in a
dog park, and she has looked at the possibility of locating it behind
City Hall on property that is already partially fenced.
Sexton said she would have to check with the city's attorney about
Chaplin said they would secure estimates for the cost of fencing at
the park and in the area behind City Hall and bring those back to the
committee for comparison.
He did indicate that it would probably cost less to fence the area
behind City Hall, since part of that work has already been completed.
Logging has been completed on the park property and Parks and
Recreation has received payment of $17,949. Wayne County Judge-
Executive Mike Anderson, who serves as chairman for the committee,
noted that this will pay for the additional property the park
purchased last year.
Work is beginning, as parks and recreation prepares for the busy
spring and summer. Chaplin noted that basketball league play
continues at the ASPIRE Center, and sign-ups are underway for baseball.
He told committee members that he had received an estimate for
refinishing the pool and it was well out of range of their budget.
He suggested that they move ahead with patching the pool, which has
been done the past several years, as they prepare for the swimming
Chaplin said the water would be drained from the pool next month, so
that the work could be completed by early May.