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How agile are dogs in Park City?

Dog owners are able to learn how agile their pets are at the Quinn’s Junction dog park.

Park City officials recently installed five pieces of equipment that test a dog’s agility, an effort to make the park a more attractive place for people to bring their pets. There have been complaints over the years that the park did not offer enough to draw people and their pets to a dog park situated outside Park City’s neighborhoods.

The installation occurred as winter approached, but staffers are pleased with the equipment. Tate Shaw, the recreation supervisor, said installing the equipment was a goal of a City Hall panel called the Park City Recreation Advisory Board. He said enough room remains at the dog park for dogs to run and to play fetch.

According to a report submitted to Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council, the five pieces are:

  • a doggie up and over, which the report describes as "angled up to an elevated platform and angled down to the ground."
  • a rover jump over, which is described as having three heights for jumping dogs. "This has a breakaway safety feature. If the dog doesn’t make the height the bar drops down to a lower catch."
  • a teeter totter
  • a hoop jump, which offers hoops at three different heights for jumping dogs
  • weave posts, which are breakaway sticks that dogs navigate through, the report says

    "There’s some learning curve to each of these items," Shaw said.

    He said he anticipates the weave posts will be the most popular of the pieces of equipment.

    Shaw said City Hall paid $6,297 to purchase the equipment and ship the pieces to Park City. They were purchased from a firm in Florida.

    He said more equipment could be purchased later.

    Officials earlier installed a canopy and benches in the dog park as they attempted to draw more people and pets. At many times there is nobody at the dog park or perhaps only a few people there.

    There have been long-running discussions about improvements at the dog park. City Hall in 2012 conducted a nonscientific online survey about the dog park that found 50.6 percent of the people who responded wanted agility equipment and an accompanying course installed. They also wanted additional shade and variations in terrain.

    The dog park remains the only public place in Park City where dogs are allowed to be off leashes. People are regularly seen playing with dogs off leashes in places like the field outside the Park City Library and Education Center, though.