Why should humans have all the fun?
Surely, man’s best friend needs a place to play and run. That’s what the Logansport Parks Department and the Cass County Humane Society believe.
And it’s an idea that Parks Administrator Jan Fawley and Chris Ciotta of the Humane Society are fully behind. So at Wednesday’s Parks Department meeting, the board was updated on plans to develop a dog park at Huston Park, just off of Smith Street.
Kyle Kroger, landscape architect with Rundell Ernstberger Associates, an urban design, landscape architecture and planning services firm out of Indianapolis and Kentucky, informed the board that the proposed plan features a 2.6-acre, enclosed area that will be made accessible to dogs that have been vaccinated and are shown to be non-aggressive.
Currently, the plan calls for a membership entrance, which means people would use a keyless entry to enter the park. Exactly how that will work has yet to be determined.
The area will have a double-gated entrance with a 6-foot wall surrounding the acreage, which will be divided with 1.63 acres designated for the big dogs and 1.03 acres reserved for the small dogs.
Kroger said the preliminary plans have a splash pad just off of the entrance, agility sites, shaded seating, dog waste stations, and plenty of room for off-leash running.
The overall cost for the dog park is approximately $717,000.
Fawley said the community can help by donating funds. There will even be a pathway with names of donors listed on the various bricks.
“There will be a lot of people who will be interested in this,” said Fawley. “And we want to make sure there’s a way everyone could be a part of it.”
Raising the funds for the project could take a while, Fawley said, adding that she is hoping to receive private donations so that tax monies do not have to be used.
“We’re going to do our best to help with the fundraising,” said Ciotta. “We want to make this a possibility. This idea is excellent. Compared to some dog parks we’ve seen, which looked like a fenced-in area, this is wonderful.”
Kroger said once the final approval is given, construction could begin on the site. He estimates that the clearing of the land, building of the wall, and development of the property would take four to six months.
The board agreed to transfer funds from unused portions of the hourly-wage budget into the playground equipment budget in order to purchase new items for Spencer Park.
A Kidnetics spider climber and chimes will be acquired and professionally installed.
The transferred funds will help cover the installation fees while the City Council has agreed to allocate $1,247 toward the overall equipment cost of $42,411 via its rainy day fund.
Also at Spencer will be the New Year’s Eve Penguin Waddle event. From 5 to 7 p.m., the public is invited to take part in a 1-mile walk or run around the park. Individual packaged food will be available. And families will be able to get a Chinese floating lantern. Fawley said people can write resolutions on the lanterns before releasing them, either at the park or from their homes, whichever they prefer.
The board approved the purchase of Toro equipment for approximately $137,488 with some of the monies coming from the County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) fund.
According to Dean Vietti, the golf course manager, the pandemic has not had a tremendous impact on Dykeman. In fact, he said, June posted high numbers and golf playing has been up for the better part of this year.