The Town of Orange Park is considering where to put a dog park.
The Culture & Recreation committee voted Wednesday evening unanimously to locate a dog park at the corner of Gano Avenue and Fromhart St. This is only a recommendation to the town council, which has the final say on the matter.
Town Manager Sarah Campbell recommended this as an ideal location. “It has parking spaces already. It backs up to the creek. You’re not impacting a lot of private residences. The skateboard park is at the north end, the Clothes Closet is in the middle, and the bottom third is vacant.”
The town council has already allocated $30,000 for fencing. The council approved using American Rescue Plan Act funds to pay for this part of the project. The fencing would create separate areas for large and small dogs.
In addition, the group discussed setting benches where people can sit while their pets run and play. Committee member Mary Hawkins suggested allowing residents to dedicate park benches, something she’s seen in another city.
“The demand is so high they’ve run out of places to put benches. What a great gift for your parents who love dogs, and you dedicate a park bench for them. I really think we could do something like that with our new logo, “ she said.
If there’s money left over from the dedicated American Rescue Plan Act funds, the committee also pondered the possibility of creating more than one dog park that would benefit different neighborhoods.
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