A proposed dog park is one step closer to its goal.

A proposed dog park is one step closer to its goal.

The McPherson City Planning Commission unanimously approved a final site plan for the McPherson Dog Park Tuesday.

The free public park, to be located south on Centennial from Avenue A, will include a 3-acre fenced area where dogs can roam off their leashes. Outside of the park, dogs will be required to be on a leash at all times, as mandated by city code.

The park will have three fenced sections. The first will be a 12-foot by 155-foot section for smaller breeds and less active dogs. The second will be a 235-foot by 300-foot section for larger breeds and high-energy dogs.

The third section is a 200-foot by 145-foot section that may eventually house an agility area or water feature. This would be done during a later phase of the park, as the project is funded by private donations.

Traci Parrish, president of the McPherson Dog Park Association, said a $25,000 fundraising goal still needs to be met, but funds are almost there. The park's projected cost is $40,000 to $50,000.

“The amount of money raised will determine how nice the park will be,” she said. “We would like restrooms out there, but that is a considerable amount of money to construct.”

To donate to the McPherson Dog Park, send checks to McPherson Dog Park, P.O. Box 1302, McPherson, KS. 67460.