City budget cuts stall off-leash park project

This engineering drawing shows the layout of the off-leash dog park to be built.
Looks like man’s best friend needs a helping hand.

Plans for a city off-leash dog park stalled after city budget cuts reduced the parks maintenance staff.

The Canby City Council says dog park construction cannot start until they have a way to maintain it, said senior city planner Matilda Deas.

And to that end, dog park supporters and the dog park advisory committee are seeking volunteers to commit to that task.

The dog park and how to maintain it will be the subjects of a public meeting Thursday, July 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Canby Police Station Community Room.

“If we want the park, we have to have volunteers commit to the current year,” Deas said.

“If we can do it just for a limited time, then we can move forward with phasing the dog park.”

The volunteer maintenance would be an interim solution until City Council figures a way to fund park maintenance, Deas said.

The maintenance would consist mostly of cleaning droppings on a regular basis, keeping scoop bags stocked and maybe an occasional mowing, she said. They will discuss what maintenance requirements will be at the July 24 meeting.

The city wants to use 6 acres of city-owned land at 1170 NE Territorial Road.

The fenced dog park including active and shy dog areas, will take up about three fenced areas.

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