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Duluth breaks ground for new dog park

DULUTH -- Thursday afternoon commemorated a new addition for the City of Duluth: the ground breaking for a dog park aptly named Chattapoochee in Rogers Bridge Park. Residents, elected officials and other city workers came out to celebrate the latest phase of development.

"We're really excited," Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris said. "When we did out survey several years ago about what people wanted in the park, this was the number one thing. They wanted a dog park."

The three-acre park will run along the Chattahoochee River and include two separate areas. One acre will be reserved for smaller pups with an interactive fountain. The other two acres will be for medium and large pooches plus another interactive fountain, green space, areas for dog owners to rest and dog agility equipment.

"It's going to be attractive, too," Harris said. "We're going to have some art flare."

Local residents and dog owners are equally excited as the mayor. Many of them travel to other parks and cities to enjoy the luxury of letting their canines run leash-free for an hour or two.

"We'd like to take our dog to the new park as often as the weather permits," said Carol Ann Scott of Duluth. "This is one of our favorite parks and this way we don't have to drive all the way to Pinckneyville (Park of Norcross)."

Her son, Jordan, 8, added, "I think the new park is pretty great. I'm excited to bring my dog here."

The city of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department has funded the money by SPLOST to plan, development and construct the Chattapoochee Dog Park.

Comments

Mack711 2 years, 6 months ago

There were some comments on this the other day. To a lot of citizens this is a waste of tax $$$$. If you have a dog get a fenced back yard and let Fido run at your expense. Just like a lot of you I have a dog that is in a fenced yard. Why should the taxpayer pay for you to run your dog in a park? Wait until some one gets bit or gets hurt then see what happens. How about maintence costs? You would think that they could use these funds more wisely. Your city government spending your tax dollars unwisely.

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rachel29 2 years, 6 months ago

Your comments are a little short-sided. A dog park isn't for people to avoid fencing in their yards. It's for the exercise and entertainment of both the people and their dogs. There are lots of taxpayer-funded enhancements in parks (and other places) that aren't used by everyone. People with kids don't use playgrounds; that doesn't mean they shouldn't be provided. I don't play basketball or tennis myself but there are lots of people in my local park who do and get enjoyment out of the courts provided. There are dog parks all over the County/State/Country...this isn't exactly some crazy idea Duluth has come up with.

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Mack711 2 years, 6 months ago

Agree!! The point is that we are in bad times econmical and the funds should have been used wiser than what they are being used for. We should be putting back funds for rainy days, just look at the stock market in the past few weeks. Companies going out of business houses forclosed on. We are not out of the woods yet. Had they got some backing from private funds fine, but tax dollars were used. If we are not mistaken they paid over $900K for the land on the left side.of the road. Let's save our funds until we are out of this economy mess then look at ways of spending the funds wisely, no matter what the project.

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dav 2 years, 6 months ago

Are those shovels or pooper scoopers they are holding?

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