Panel approves dog park at Quinn’s
The Park City Planning Commission recently agreed to allow City Hall to build a dog park at Quinn’s Junction, finishing what had been at some times an arduous search for a suitable spot.
The panel voted 5-0 in favor of changing the long-approved overall permit for the Quinn’s Junction recreation complex. The change lets Park City put in the dog park. The Park City Ice Arena anchors the recreation complex, which also features playing fields.
The dog park will be built just off the entry road to the recreation complex, on the way to the ice arena. It will cover 1.64 acres and be near S.R. 248.
Matt Twombly, who designs parks for City Hall and handled the application, says the dog park will be constructed, at the earliest, in early July. He says hospital builder Intermountain Healthcare must realign a road and build a parking lot nearby. IHC is putting up a hospital at Quinn’s Junction.
Twombly estimates the dog park will cost about $30,000, with a fence and wood chips being the primary expenses.
Many Parkites are eagerly awaiting the opening of the dog park, which will allow owners to let their pets off their leashes. In other public places in Park City and surrounding Summit County, leash laws are in effect.
City Hall settled on the Quinn’s Junction location after canvassing Park City for a spot for a dog park. Other places upset neighbors, leading officials to eye the recreation complex. The land sits on the edge of Park City, well away from the closest neighborhood.
There have been bad feelings between dog owners who do not use leashes and some Parkites for years, with encounters occurring across Park City.
Blueprints for the dog park submitted to the Planning Department show space for large and small dogs.
Becca Gerber, a first-term member of the Park City Council who is seen as bringing a younger person’s perspective to the Marsac Building, will seek reelection this year.