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October 13, 2013

OUR VIEW: Do we want a dog park?

Does man’s best friend need a park of his own in Logansport?

Well, from the sounds of it, you just might get to decide.

A group of Logansport residents approached the parks and recreation board earlier this week in hopes of drumming up support for a dog park.

A driving force behind the initiative has been Elvira Cook, of Logansport. She’s being putting in the man hours to do research on other such endeavors in the surrounding area.

She presented her findings to the board and what those seeking the dog park would like to see happen. They envision a fenced-in park supervised by a monitor and equipped with controlled access via slide card. To gain access to the dog park, there would be a suggested membership fee of about $30 a year. Also, to gain membership, dog owners must have their animals spayed, neutered and up-to-date on inoculations.

Parks administrator Janet Fawley says she would love to provide the land for a dog park, since clearly the city is land heavy. But, she says, the parks department preferably would not run it. Instead, officials would like to see a community organization step up and serve that role.

But, all this applies only if the support is there.

Obviously, if there’s not widespread interest or support, it wouldn’t make sense to move forward with such a project. So, here’s the question on parks officials’ minds: What do you think? Does the city need a dog park? If a dog park were created, would you pay to use it? Do you agree with the restrictions on usage?

We’ve already received a smattering of response from readers on the subject. Readers on Facebook were divided, with some asking where can they sign up for a membership and someone saying the idea should be removed from the table.

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