Glenwood open space going to the dogs |

Glenwood open space going to the dogs

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS Dog owners soon could have a fenced-in spot to let their furry friends run and play about. The football field-sized lot is located north and west of Safeway, across the railroad tracks and bicycle path in the southern part of the city. So far its known only as the Glenwood Springs dog park.Since forming the Dog Park Committee, a small group of dog lovers and professional dog walkers has been working hard to make the park a reality. Weve been trying to do this for a long time and its happening, said Donni Cochran, a committee member.The city acquired the land in 2002 at a cost of $1.2 million. It was bought as part of a plan to acquire land for the Highway 82 alternate route. But since that route is years away from becoming a reality, city leaders agreed to designate it as a dog park for the time being. Its the old snow removal site, Cochran explained. Although committee members are happy theyve found a suitable site for the park, their task is far from finished. It still needs to be fenced in, provided with dog pooper-scooper bags, trash cans and possibly some dog play toys. Once that work is done, the park can officially open. Were trying to raise money, and were looking for donated fencing, Cochran said. To raise that money, the committee plans to hold a fund-raising dinner at the Community Center on April 17. Spagnolos Restaurant & Pizza will cater the event, and there will be a band or a DJ on hand, as well as a silent auction, Cochran said.Well have a grand opening later in the spring, she said. The park will be open to anyone, regardless of where they live, but there will be rules to keep canines under control. According to parks department supervisor Al Laurette, the group is looking at adopting some or all the rules now used by Denver city officials in a one-year program to test the success of five dog parks there.Denvers dog parks will be open from sunrise to sunset. They prohibit pit bulls, aggressive animals and female dogs in heat, and require owners to pick up after their dogs. Well have doggy bags and be on the honor system, Cochran said of the committees plan for keeping the park clean. Dog Park Committee member Laurie Nathe said the success of the park will depend on peoples willingness to clean up after their dogs. My wish is for people to use it and then clean up afterwards, she said.Nathe said the park is a good way to let dogs learn how to get along with other dogs. I think its so important for dogs to socialize, she said.Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext.

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