October 10, 2013

Logansport citizens explore dog park potential

Parks and recreation board offered guidance.

by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune

---- — A group of Logansport citizens is saying the city needs a dog park and is seeking guidance from the parks and recreation board while drumming up support for the initiative.

Elvira Cook, a Logansport citizen and proud owner of a Siberian Husky, has been researching the possibilities for a dog park in Logansport by exploring the elements of those in the surrounding area.

Cook said she foresees a dog park in Logansport being fenced in, supervised by a monitor and equipped with controlled access via slide card available for a suggested membership fee of about $30 a year. Slide cards would be given only to dog owners whose animals are spayed, neutered and up to date on inoculations, she said.

Cook spoke on the proposal at a Logansport Parks and Recreation Board meeting Wednesday.

"I know it's not going to happen overnight, but I'm willing to put in my time to see what we need to do," she said.

Four others accompanied Cook to the meeting in support of the park. Logansport citizen Barbara Martin said it would be a cost-effective way for dog owners to spend time with their animals.

"$30 a year to go someplace and have a really good time is really cheap," she said.

Both board members and supporters of the park agreed it would take time to accomplish the endeavor — if there's truly a need for a dog park in the city. The dog park nearing completion in Peru was mentioned, which has been in the works for about the last two years.

Board members said location, space, parking, insurance and maintenance would all have to be explored further if the project gains more support.

The possibility of including a running track and obstacles for dogs and seeking monetary and supply donations from local businesses was also discussed.

Cook said she created an open Facebook group called "Dog Park for Logansport, IN" Wednesday that garnered nearly 160 members in its first day online.

Logansport Parks Administrator Jan Fawley said the parks and recreation department can still assist with the creation of a dog park while continuing to work to relinquish some of its properties in its efforts to cut costs.

"If we could work with an organization to do this, I think that would be our role," she said.

"I would love to see a dog park. It might take a couple years. It's not going to happen overnight."

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or Follow him: @PharosMAK