Dog Park Discussion Returns
Hearing from residents in his own district, Muskego Alderman Dan Soltysiak asks parks board to reconsider how a dog park could figure into the mix.
With all of the changes to the landscape, including road projects and new recreational trails and a new park, is it time for Muskego to consider adding a dog park to its current recreational offerings?
The issue has come up in previous Park and Recreation Board meetings, and was again put on the table Monday night as Alderman Dan Soltysiak explained he's been hearing from constituents that they see a need. Previous suggestions have been to take existing city parks that appear not to be used as much and place a dog park there.
"I get emails all the time about dog parks, but I've never gotten one about a splash pad," Soltysiak told Parks Director Craig Anderson. He was referring to a recent project that a department intern conducted, studying and surveying the costs and appeal of splash pads in the parks.
Anderson explained that at least 10 to 15 acres of land would be needed, as well as costs for fencing, maintenance and basically the right lay of land. Pointing to the Minooka Park dog exercise area, which allows off leash exercise for large and small dogs in separated areas, he said that their facility is ideal because it offers both open and wooded areas.
Alderman Neil Borgman, who was in attendance at the meeting, asked the board about the land off of Tess Corners Drive, which was recently being considered, then denied, as a site for a funeral home and cemetery. However, Anderson pointed out that the land would involve a city purchase, and he wasn't confident that the public would embrace such a use at the cost of having to first buy the land.
Aside from the Minook location in Waukesha, Milwaukee County has two dog parks, but each were already under the ownership of the county parks department. In addition, it's likely that any ventures to include a dog park would require an organized citizen effort to assist with its construction and maintenance.
The board asked Anderson to consider further study, and perhaps return with a more formalized plan for its next meeting to explore the possibility.