North Liberty moves forward with dog park purchase
NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (CBS 2/ FOX 28) —
City leaders in North Liberty have approved plans for a new dog park.
It will be built on a piece of land near the intersection of North Liberty Road and Penn Street.
Members of the Johnson County Dog Park Action Committee have been working for three years to bring a dog park to North Liberty. They said there is a big demand for one as the city continues to grow.
On Tuesday night, the city council decided to dedicate some $225,000 from the city's budget to help with the purchase of 11.5 acres of land for the dog park, which will include seven acres of fenced space for dogs, a shelter and benches. An early estimate of the cost of building the park was $1 million, but the city administrator said this could change since estimates for the parking lot were a little higher than they should be.
After thanking the council for approving the land purchase, committee members from the PAC pledged to donate $50,000 dollars to the costs of building the park. They hope to receive a match amount through the collection of donations on their website.
They hope their fundraiser efforts will make the North Liberty dog park more than just a fenced in space to play, but also a destination for dog owners.
The PAC said residents who do not own dogs could still benefit from having a place for the city's four-legged friends.
"Dogs have to be registered, vaccinated, and then you purchase the tags to have the privilege of using the park, so it's not only a benefit to the community and the dogs. It's also a benefit to the city in the fact that it produces revenue," said Jake Villhauer, Board President for the Johnson County Dog Park Action Committee.
Villhauer said he hopes to have the fencing completed for the dog park, so a basic park can open next summer.