Duluth Council moves forward with dog park plans

By KBJR News 1

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Duluth City Council approved two potential spots for dog parks in the city on Tuesday following a lengthy discussion.

The resolution identifying Russell Square and Observation Park as locations passed on a seven two vote.

Councilor Dan Hartman, a strong supporter of the park says the community has seen positive feedback from the already existing dog parks and says there is a need for more.

However, Councilor Jay Fosle pointed out that the city does not have the money to create and maintain a dog park and was also not happy with the process.

Zach Walters who runs a boxing gym right next observation park doesn't see a need for the change.

"Dogs come, boxers come, football players come, softball players come, its being used. I don't really see a need to change it right now," said Walters.

"Look at the significant amount of public process that was done in this conversation and you may ask, why wasn't the neighborhood directly involved, we are not there yet is the reason. We were looking to see where we could identify these parks, we weren't looking for a full plan yet," said Hartman.

If the dog parks are approved they would be privately funded.

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