Monday evening the city of Nevada moved one step closer to having a dog park where dog owners will be able to bring their dogs for play and exercise off the leash when the parks board dog park subcommittee voted 5-0 with Lisa Miller absent, to recommend the full parks board approve putting a dog park on unused land at Marmaduke Park.
Subcommittee members Jon Reneberg, Jeff Post, Tina Werner, Jeri Senkevech and Jeanie Buehler voted for the recommendation.
The subcommittee is proposing using about 5 acres located east of the main entry to Marmaduke Park on Highland and behind the houses on North West Street for a dog park. The property is currently leased for haying, with the lease expiring in December.
Before the proposal can be implemented the parks board will have to send the city council a recommendation to make this area a dog park and then the city council must pass an ordinance establishing a dog park.
This will be on the parks board's agenda for their meeting Aug.t 28 and if approved could come before the city council at its Sept. 3 meeting for its first reading.
Parks and recreation director Dana Redburn told the dog park subcommittee members that she would like to expand the buffer between the dog park and the houses on West Street to 40 feet and then plant trees along the fence to help deaden any noise.
She told the subcommittee that it will take 2,100 linear feet of fencing for the outer perimeter of the dog park and another 420 feet of fencing to separate the large and small dog parks and will cost between $20,000 and $25,000 for 5-foot fencing.
The plan calls for installing a shade structure similar to the one at Walton Family Aquatics Center over the dividing fence between the large and small dog sections. There will also be water for dogs and their owners.
The entrance to the dog park will have double gates so the outer gate can be closed before the inner gate is opened to keep dogs confined. The proposal also calls for one dispenser for waste bags at the entrance and one waste disposal receptacles inside each park as well, as two benches in each.
She said they can start simple and find out what people want.
"If you want an agility course later there are two ways it can be done -- put equipment in each area or have one smaller area," Redburn said.
"There's really nothing we can't do in-house," she said.