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Some residents are concerned about the overall cost of the project. The community will have the chance to share their input on the preliminary design renderings during an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 28th.

Conversations about a building dog park in Canby have been happening for more than a decade. Now citizens will have the chance to see words turn into action — but not everyone is happy about it.

City staff recently finalized preliminary design plans for a park along Redwood Street and Territorial Road.

While amenities are yet to be finalized, preliminary renderings indicate that there will be separate areas for both "active" and "shy" dogs, paw rinsing areas, bike racks, restrooms, a dog tunnel and a 10x10 "doggy time-out area.

"Our staff has been working diligently preparing for this stage," City Administrator Scott Archer told councilors at a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7. "There are still a number of things in the works as far as the preliminary planning efforts … there are still some questions we don't have answers to."

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF CANBY - An open house focused on a potential dog park in Canby is slated for Sept. 28.

Some of the details still up in the air center around land use permissions and utility extension approval, since parts of the park will be constructed in unincorporated Clackamas County.

There are also concerns about how much the project will cost, which right now is set at $900,000.

During the Sept. 7 meeting, Councilor Sarah Spoon pointed to a proposed $144,000 six-foot sidewalk that would around the perimeter of the park as being an unnecessary cost. Dogs shouldn't use sidewalks in the summer anyway as it gets too hot, she added.

"The current budget we have is basically the fully loaded Tesla version of this park but we don't intend, or certainly will not build everything priced out in that budget," she said.

Archer said that staff is in the works of getting an itemized list of amenities to both the public and council.

But plans to potentially trim down the budget of the park did not quell Canby resident Greg Perez's feelings about what he sees as "frivolous spending" on the city's part.

"This council is planning to shove a dog park down our throats, neglecting our youth and our community," he said. "On a more serious note, our vision should be placed on a community center for the entire community to include an indoor swim center, basketball, volleyball, and a learning center."

Perez added that council is placating the needs of a small group of people who want the dog park, likely referencing Friends of the Canby Dog Park, a group initially lobbied for the park more than a decade ago.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chair Barry Johnson criticized the city's lack of action in vetting other possible locations for the dog park, some of which may be more cost-effective.

"We seem to be trying to cut costs to make that dog park fit in that location, and we're going to eat that cost in other ways," he said.

The rest of the community will have a chance to share input on the preliminary plans for the dog park at an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 28th at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the Canby Civic Center at 222 Northeast 2nd Avenue.

"The open house is an opportunity for interested Canby community members to learn about plans for the dog park, and to provide input to help guide the final design and determine what type of amenities will be included," Archer told Pamplin Media.


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