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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 17



Meeting Date: July 10, 2001

Subject/Title: Report from Park and Recreation Commission regarding consideration of a Dog Park

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Janet Hansen, Park Planner

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION:

Review and accept the Park and Recreation Commission report regarding consideration of a dog park element in the proposed neighborhood park within the Ponderosa Homes, Carlisle Property development.

PREVIOUS ACTION

None

BACKGROUND

Staff has met with representatives of Ponderosa Homes, who from the very beginning have expressed a desire to do something different in their park. As staff’s first meeting with Ponderosa Homes was right after the Commission meeting where a citizen requested the Commission to build a dog park, staff requested Ponderosa Homes to consider this as a special feature of the park.

At the regular meeting of the Park and Recreation Commission, on June 28, 2001, a draft conceptual plan for the Ponderosa Homes, Carlisle Property neighborhood park was presented for preliminary review. This preliminary park concept included a potential dog park element. Staff requested direction from the Commission as to the appropriateness of a dog park at this park location.

The Park and Recreation Commission directed staff to work with Ponderosa Homes to revise the park concept so the dog park element moves to the south side of the park, along the proposed Sand Creek Road, to review rules and design standards of dog parks in other cities, and to set up a community meeting to inform the existing residents of the potential dog park. Additional issues discussed were parking and dog park surfacing. The Commission felt street parking was adequate since no homes are proposed to front the park. Dog park surfacing options will be reviewed with future concept designs. 

At the Commission’s request, staff will be coordinating a field trip to review existing dog parks in other cities. As Ponderosa Homes will be having a meeting with existing residents in this area, staff will be in attendance at the meeting to answer questions regarding the proposed dog park.

The Park and Recreation Commission will be returning to City Council for final approval of a dog park element at a later date.


Attachment: Conceptual Park Plan

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