Hunter, a yellow lab, likes Hill’s Bark Park as a result of there may be quite a lot of room for fetch.
“He loves it over right here,” stated Darian Weich, Hunter’s proprietor. “Our yard is fairly small so it’s good to get him out and run.”
She had no main complaints in regards to the canine park, however she hoped to see enhancements to the water bowl space. Weich stated the plastic bowls are knocked down and create muddy areas.
Weich’s hope for a less-muddy park may quickly be actuality after a $175,000 donation from Hill’s Pet Vitamin will double the scale of the bark park and fund different enhancements.
The massive canine part will develop into the ball subject whereas the small canine part will develop into the present giant canine part. Two separate parking tons, up to date entryways, changing “most, if not all” of the fencing, LED lighting, extra shade buildings within the giant canine part, work on the turf to stop muddy spots and new facilities are additionally coming to the park.
“It’s no enjoyable once you present up there and your canine has to stroll by the mud,” stated Tim Laurent, director of the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Division.
He stated the complete scope of recent facilities remains to be being decided, and anybody with options can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eden Johnson welcomed an enlargement of the canine park as a result of it’s “a magnet” that pulls individuals from everywhere in the nation. She stated cross nation vacationers are searching for bark parks so their canines stretch their legs.
“Folks come right here two to 4 instances a day,” Johnson stated. “We survived the (pandemic) due to this social circle.”
The $175,000 donation was introduced to the Parks for All Basis at Thursday’s Shawnee County Fee assembly. At that assembly, the commissioners voted 2-0 to authorize a 10-year naming settlement to alter the title to Hill’s Bark Park at Gage Park.
Shawnee County commissioners Aaron Mays was attending the 2021 Kansas County Commissioners Affiliation Annual Convention and wasn’t on the assembly.
The park may very well be quickly closed whereas the fence is being changed, however it’s too early to find out if that can occur. The division will attempt to accommodate individuals as finest it might probably whereas work takes place, stated the division’s communications and public data director Mike McLaughlin.
Enhancements to Hill’s Bark Park may very well be a key characteristic within the Gage Park Grasp Plan. The division remains to be creating the plan and can request public suggestions as soon as it’s full, Laurent stated.
“We really feel comfy about what we’re doing proper now,” he stated.
Evert Nelson contributed to this story.