By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times
The Glasgow Parks and Recreation Department might soon consider creating a dog park in the city.
Glasgow City Councilman Wendell Honeycutt proposed the idea Wednesday at the regular meeting of the council’s Planning and Development Committee meeting.
“I’m just laying it on the table for the committee to consider, introducing it for discussion,” he said. “I think it would be a nice addition for a city.”
Only two of the six-member committee were present, so no vote was taken on whether to proceed with the idea. Committee chairman Brad Groce was the other member who attended. The others were absent for various reasons.
Honeycutt suggests setting aside space on existing city property, probably in a city park, that could be surrounded with chain-link fencing and is large enough for dogs to run and play without a leash. In some parks, dogs are allowed and bags for gathering waste are available, but the dogs can’t run loose in those locations.
Honeycutt researched information about getting a dog park started in a community and shared the policies pertaining to dog parks in metropolitan Nashville. He had noted on one of the documents a few suggested requirements – for example, the fence should be at least five feet high, the gate must be wide enough for mowing equipment to fit through, and the entrance/exit should have outer and inner gates, so someone coming in doesn’t accidentally let out another person’s dog escape. He also discussed possible requirements regarding tags on collars or harnesses.
Parks and Recreation Director Eddie Furlong said he believes an area roughly the size of a Little League baseball field would be large enough. One possible spot, according to Furlong, is a space adjacent to the first parking lot at Beaver Trail Park, but the area stays wet longer during periods of heavy rain.
Even if that spot isn’t feasible, Furlong said, he believes a good location can be identified.
Honeycutt said the next steps for the Parks and Recreation Department are to determine possible locations and determine a cost estimate. Then it would become a question of fitting the project into the budget, he said.
Furlong said after the meeting that no decisions are imminent about pursuing such a project, because the department doesn’t have money in this year’s budget for it anyway. In the meantime, though, he has asked one of his departmental supervisors, Christa Ashcraft, to look further into the idea.
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