Dog park construction set

Construction on the new city dog park should begin next week.

City Councilman Lew Goebel, a park proponent, said the council will consider final plans for the park during its 7 p.m. meeting Monday.

If it gives the go-ahead, construction will start at 9 the next morning.

The off-leash dog park will be in a roughly triangular spot next to the Carl Precht RV Park in East Side Park.

The site was changed recently so the project could piggyback on a city upgrade to the RV park.

Former Public Works Director Jim Miller will assist with digging holes for a chain-link fence around the park, Goebel said.

The park will include a water station, seating for the dogs’ human companions and bag dispensers for poo pickup.

Goebel said he hopes the Okanogan-Omak Tree Board will plant a dogwood tree in the park this spring.

Fundraising efforts have raised about $2,500 for the park, with another $2,000 coming from a Home Depot grant.

Basic materials for the park are expected to cost around $3,800.

Among the fundraisers was last August’s “Wag N Run Splash,” in which dogs were allowed to swim in the city pool after it closed for the season.

Another such event is planned for this August, Goebel said.


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