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Dog park upgrades could have tails wagging

Jay Hamburger The Park Record

Park City could make improvements to the dog park at Quinn’s Junction and is gathering opinions about what sort of upgrades people who use the park might want undertaken.

City Hall has posted a nonscientific survey on its website asking 14 questions about the dog park. The city’s Recreation Advisory Board is considering the upgrades.

Park City Councilwoman Liza Simpson, who sits in on Recreation Advisory Board meetings on behalf of the elected officials, said leaders want to learn what upgrades should be pursued.

One of the ideas is creating separate spaces for larger dogs and smaller ones. Simpson said the municipal government recently received input from a family asking for separated areas.

The dog park is situated off S.R. 248 close to the Park City Ice Arena. It opened in 2008 after a lengthy civic discussion about locations. Some Parkites did not want a dog park put in their neighborhoods, leading City Hall to select a spot far from residential areas.

Simpson said she brings her dog to the park once a week or so. She said there are people and dogs there frequently, but she has never seen more than six dogs and their owners at one time.

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"We are seeing it get more and more use," she said.

The survey asks questions inquiring how often people bring their pets to the park, on what days and at what times and how far someone would drive to bring a dog to an off-leash area like a dog park.

Another question asks why someone uses the dog park, with answers including socializing dogs, exercising dogs and the park being the public place where it is legal to have a dog off a leash. The dog park is the only public place inside the Park City limits where dogs are allowed off leash.

One of the key questions asks about a list of upgrades that people would like at the park. The options are:

  • a training and agility course or equipment
  • separated space for smaller dogs
  • more shade
  • more benches for people to use
  • a variety of terrain, such as berms or hills
  • a sandbox for dogs that are diggers

    Simpson predicts the option for more shade will draw lots of interest.

    It is not clear when improvements would be made to the dog park if they are undertaken.

    The survey is available on City Hall’s website, http://www.parkcity.org . Select the ‘Dog Park Survey’ link in the News section.