The McPherson City Commission unanimously approved a special-use permit for a dog park and training facilities Monday at its regular meeting.
The McPherson City Commission unanimously approved a special-use permit for a dog park and training facilities Monday at its regular meeting. The dog park, and fire, police and utility training facilities will be located on land owned by the city southwest of Avenue A and Centennial Drive. This area is currently agriculture land. The commission approved special-use permit for the dog park and training facilities with little discussion among themselves, and no one from the public volunteered to speak on the issue. When the issue came before the planning commission Nov. 6, a group mostly of dog park supporters was so large the meeting had to be moved into a larger meeting room. The first area that is likely to be developed will be the dog park. “I am excited. Things are finally starting to happen and moving forward,” Traci Parrish, Dog Park Association president, said. The association’s goal is to build the park completely with donated funds. The city already has a $25,000 anonymous donation toward the building of a dog park. City officials estimate construction will cost a total of $40,000 to $50,000. The association has already raised about $5,500 toward its goal of raising the other half of the funds, and has another fundraiser set for Dec. 8 at the 4-H Building. Like the association on Facebook to see a list of other fundraisers set for December. The dog park group’s next step will be to develop a site plan, which Parrish said the group will begin work on within the next few weeks. The association will then have to take the site plan back to the planning commission for approval. The association has developed a preliminary site plan for the park, but will refine its plan, which will need to address issue of drainage, lighting, parking, landscaping and screening on the three-acre site. The preliminary site plan showed areas for large and small breeds, as well as an agility playground. “I think it will be a good project, and I hope it will be beneficial to everyone in McPherson,” Nick Gregory, city administrator, said. The city is in negotiations with Kansas Municipal Utilities to build the utility training area, which may be the next area developed at the site. Construction of the fire and police training areas are dependent on local funding and likely will be at least several years off, Gregory said.