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Most of those at an open house express reservations about cost and proposed location.

When Canby residents were asked what sorts of new amenities they would like to see prioritized in the Parks & Recreation Master Plan, a new dog park was identified as a top desire. But the desired location was never specified. Plans for a four-acre park at a city property along Redwood Street and Territorial Road have sat dormant for about a decade. The city is finally trying to move forward on these plans, but an increasingly vocal group is unhappy with not only the location and cost of the park, but the city's overall process.

COURTESY PHOTO: KELCIE GREGA - Thoughts and ideas about a potential dog park in Canby are written on paper during the Sept. 28 open house. A large contingent showed up to the meeting to express reservations about the project's location and its cost.

At a city-sponsored open house Wednesday, Sept. 28, some residents expressed their thoughts and grievances.

While the proposed location on Redwood Street and Territorial Road ialready is used as a sort of "unofficial" dog park by some, residents at the open house pointed out that Canby's population has grown significantly over the past several years, leading to more traffic congestion in the area. The park also would be located at the edge of the northeast part of town, with part of it existing in unincorporated Clackamas County. Greg Perez, who also expressed his discontent with the city's process during a Wednesday, Sept. 7, meeting noted that he is not against a dog park per se, "just not in that part of town."

COURTESY PHOTO: KELCIE GREGA - A rendering of what the dog park, if and when it's built, might look like.

"I feel that the city staff should have guided City Council in vetting other properties instead of being stuck on just one," he said. "Because what we're doing is we're shorting the people on the other side of the highway of a dog park and we're just putting it on one side of town." When staff asked how many citizens at the open house were opposed to the proposed location, about 50 people raised their hands. Around 30 people were open to vetting other locations. The cost of the project also is a concern shared by many residents. About $900,000 was set aside in the city's budget for the park, but City Administrator Scott Archer told Pamplin Media Group that this won't mean all the money will be allocated toward the park. "The most current estimate we have for the dog park at the planned location on Territorial & Redwood Roads is $770,000," he said. "This estimate is based on full buildout with all amenities and features, including all optional items. It also includes a contingency for unknown costs." Archer added that this estimate was made about a year ago based on what was known about the preliminary design at the time. "We're still in the process of updating our engineer's cost estimate based on the current design. It is likely that the cost estimates from a year earlier will have changed once everything is finalized," he said. Archer added that an updated estimate will be available to the public soon and will be itemized to call out "alternative options" that may reduce the overall cost of the project. The City Council will likely address the dog park issue again on Wednesday, Oct. 19, Archer said. Anyone who'd like to express their thoughts or opinions on Canby's proposed dog park can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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