More of a conceptual plan approved for future city dog park

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By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved plans Tuesday night for a future dog park in the city.

According to details brought by the parks and recreation department and dog park committee—consisting of Bob Witt, Dawn McCoy, Randy Paske and Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich—it is hoped this park could be completed in the fall of 2019.

In April last year, the city purchased about five acres of land from the Department of Transportation, off Lockwood Street, near the Campion Boat Landing, and designated it for the development of a 1.9-acre, fenced-in dog park. The costs are all going to be funded through donations, contributions and fundraising.

A conceptual plan, developed by Vierbicher Associates, has established a park to include both large and small dog fencing areas as well as separate entries/exit gates. Century Fence Company, of Pewaukee, quoted the cost of fencing at $23,500. The park shall also include underground pipe installation and water fountains for dogs and humans, estimated at $5,000, a waste station and amenities such as park benches, play areas, tunnels, etc.—to be determined by donations. The city street department and correctional institute inmates will assist with site cleanup and expansion of the parking lot area. Additionally, signage is a desire for the rules as well as directional markers.

The committee’s mission statement for the dog park is as follows:

“To establish a fenced-in, off-leash dog park where well-behaved canines can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property or wildlife. To develop a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park’s rules and restrictions. To view this park as a community project, designed to satisfy the needs of the dog owners and non-dog owners alike.”

Some of the rules have been briefed with the council. 

Owners and handlers will be responsible for the removal and disposal of dog feces as well as any damage or injury inflicted by their dogs. All dogs must be licensed and properly vaccinated. No more than two dogs per handler will be allowed. Sick dogs, those in heat and puppies under 6 months old will not be allowed. Dogs will be expected to arrive on a leash and leave on a leash. Aggressive and excessively barking dogs should leave immediately. Handlers will need to maintain verbal control and be within sight of their pets.

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