City receives mixed reactions on dog park proposal

Posted at 5:11 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:31:09-04

The City of Hewitt's parks department has received mixed feedback about a proposed dog park off of Old Temple Road.

The dog park would be located on a piece of the 14 acres of donated land to the city designated to be a park. The project is expected to cost up to $50,000. 

According to City of Hewitt’s Parks and Media Coordinator Caz Muske, ACE Fencing and Supply donated the fencing and labor. She said the rest of the funds would be donated through the community.

Dog owner Hartagé Smith, who lives near the proposed park, said it would be a good addition to the area.

 ‘I think it would be something great. I know a lot of my neighbors who walk their dogs. I think it would give them an opportunity to meet other people from the neighborhood,” Smith said.

However, Muske said the opinions on the projects are split. Half of the residents who have contacted them have expressed concerns including noise, safety and a negative impact on property values.  

"People spend all this money on their pets so when they are looking for all these places to move and to live, they want to be by these amenities that are a luxury increases their property value,” Muske said.

She added the dog park would be open during the day meaning, the noise would not be an issue for homeowners when they return home from work.

The parks department is in the planning stages of the project, researching whether the community would utilize this amenity.

Residents would have an opportunity to provide feedback before the council makes the final decision on the dog park. 

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