New Leash Free Dog Park in Duluth?

By KBJR News 1

February 26, 2013 Updated Feb 26, 2013 at 6:56 PM CDT


Duluth may be getting a new, leash free dog park. The city council votes tonight.

Duluth's current dog park, is located on the far West End of Duluth.
Pet owners living on the east end of Duluth are driving as far as 20 miles to get there.

The lack of dog parks in Duluth has been a discussed issue since 2009.

A new park would cut down on overcrowding at the Keene Creek location. It would also decrease the number of off leash dogs on city trails which leads to high maintenance costs for the city.

The proposed dog park would be leash free allowing the dogs to release their energy in the contained park environment.

There is a slight concern regarding the safety of humans and other dogs, but the majority of dog owners support the idea for a new leash free dog park.

"I was surprised by the sheer number of people that said 'you know what, we need a dog park'. It was I'd say probably in the top 5 things I heard from residents," says City Council member Dan Hartman.

There are two locations being considered for a new park, one off Rice Lake road and the other on 40th street.
The proposal now moves to parks and recreation.

If the council does vote to create another dog park, what is the plan to fund the project?

Because the proposal is still in its beginning stages no one is discussing where the funds will come from.

This concerns some community members and has led to some hesitancy about building a new park.

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