Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 19, 2014

Glasgow dog park idea has merit


Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — The idea for a dog park was recently pitched by Glasgow City Councilman Wendell Honeycutt during a city Planning and Development Committee meeting. It’s one of the councilman’s better ideas.

Honeycutt said, “I’m just laying it on the table for the committee to consider, introducing it for discussion.” With only two committee members present, no vote could be taken on the proposal.

Glasgow Parks and Recreation Director Eddie Furlong said after the meeting there are no imminent decisions about pursuing the project because there has been no money set aside in this year’s budget. He did say he has assigned someone in the department to look into the idea.

Furlong said during the meeting he believed an area roughly the size of a youth baseball field would be enough for a dog park. He said an area at Beaver Trail Park adjacent to the first parking lot might be a possibility. He said if that area doesn’t work, there are other good locations available.

A dog park is the type of facility that fits into the forward-looking plan that has been under development for Glasgow. It would likely attract the same quality of people who regularly donate to the Barren River Animal Welfare Association, are interested in bike and walking trails and utilize the facilities that already exist at Beaver Trail. The support for these types of community activities seems to be on the rise.

There is a caution for the city going forward. There are examples of pet projects in the community through the years that have not panned out. Example 1: The radio control car track at Gorin Park that is in disrepair  and is an eyesore at the park. Example 2: The disk golf course at American Legion Park. While not dilapidated, it seems to see little or no use.

Along with cost and location considerations, perhaps the committee and recreation department should also gauge the actual level of long-term interest for a dog park in the city.

While it seems like a good idea and one we support, let’s be certain it is a sustainable idea that will have years of use by community members.

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