Garner’s four-legged residents will soon have a small play space of their own.
The design of the first of two dog parks to be built under the town’s $5.5 milion Parks Recreations and Cultural Resources bond, was verbally approved at last Tuesday’s work session. The half-acre park will be built at Garner Recreation Park on Garner Road. It is the town’s first dog park.
The rectangular enclosure will be surrounded by 5-foot black fences to keep the dogs from wandering too far away.
In March 2013, the town approved a $35.7 million bond referendum to revitalize the city, build recreation facilities, improve sidewalks and construct new town facilities. Included in that referendum was $5.5 million for Parks and Recreation.
One of the top priorities under that bond was to build two dog parks. The town budgeted $200,000 for the parks.
Sonya Shaw, parks recreations and cultural resources director, said construction for the first dog park is expected to begin in January. The half-acre parks will be finished by the spring, she said at last week’s work session.
It is expected to cost at most $75,000. Joel Moulin, the project landscape architect for McKim and Creed, Inc, said he expects the cost of the first dog park to be less than what is budgeted. The bigger park, which will be built at an undetermined date, is budgeted for $125,000, according to assistant Town Manager Rodney Dickerson.
Among the amenities are three benches and two additional benches in the pet standing closure leading into the park. There will be pooper scooper stations, exercise equipment for pets, tunnels they can run through, a beam they can run under or jump over, and a dog water fountain.
The town will also build a sidewalk over the bocce courts and horseshoe pits, that will connect from the senior center to the dog park.