Location still up in the air on off-leash park

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October 30, 2014 9:31 AM

With over 200 respondents to the off-leash dog park survey by the City of Lloydminster submitted, one key thing came out of the responses – the dog park on 47 Avenue is a success.

City Coun. Larry Sauer said while there were a lot of responses to the dog park survey, the final location for the park is still up in the air.

“I think, as a council and through suggestions through administration, we have to take a look at if that is the best use of that land,” he said.

“For example, the (interim) location is adjacent to Weaver Park, so we have a campground that is well used and could use some expansions and we have to consider all things for that.”

Sauer said that the thing he picked out of the survey was the fact that the interim location of the off-leash dog park was convenient.

“People love the location, but perhaps there is another area that we can use and fence it off and it would do the same thing, but maybe this current property has more value to us in other ways,” he said. Sauer said that council and staff have to look at other options before making a final decision.

He went on to add that this was always a temporary situation, “And now we will look for further recommendation from administration.”

One of the recommendations that staff have been kicking around is locating it near the new SPCA building when completed.

Sauer said that is currently an option, because of the proximity to the SPCA.

“When it first came out that was our intention, because that area could not be used for anything else and with water available there and a green space and it’s right close to the new facility,” he said.

Sauer said that location would also benefit the SPCA.

“They would be able to take the animals out, and exercise them as well,” he said.

He also admitted that it would be a little less convenient for some, “But maybe it is, in our final analysis, we will take a look at whether that location is our final spot.”

When asked if there is a possibility of more off-leash dog parks, Sauer played coy saying, “That is a good question, and I think that will come up, and I think that the survey made us aware of that. Certainly it is a possibility, and we are always open to looking at more.”

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