Many turned out yesterday to voice their opinion at the dog park open house at the Badlands Community Facility.

The meeting was hosted by the Town of Drumheller and had three different areas that could be the possible site of Drumheller's first enclosed dog park 2Sample drawing of the future dog park

"We are looking at three options. There is one in Midland along the highway, we have one in the industrial units by the soccer fields and there is a parking lot there, and also by the high school towards Willow Point," explained Communications Officer Julia Fielding. "That doesn't mean that that is where they are going to go but those are the options we have come up with so far."

Everyone who attended was asked to put a sticker on the option they liked the best, and a suggestion box was also present for attendees to voice their opinions.

There was also a sketch provided of what the dog park could look like. The area that is chosen will have a separate area for smaller dogs and bigger dogs. There will also be buckets for water and proper garbage disposal.

"We have the budget, so the best that we can get for that budget, making sure it is a safe and accessible place. We are very aware of having different areas for different size dogs. The fencing really is the priority and then whatever else we can add in like benches is what we will do," continued Fielding.

The budget for the project is $15,000, and the town hopes to come to a decision soon so they can have the park operational for next spring.

The majority of the attendees at the meeting were in favor of the dog park with the exception of a few who lived near the Midland site who were concerned about increased traffic and parking.

dog park 1Dog park open house attendeesJim Murphy who was at the open house thinks the idea is great for dog owners and non-dog owners alike.

"I think the dog park is a good idea. They way they have it presented now with the three areas will be good.  We don't own a dog, but I like dogs, we see dogs and they are all friendly and I go out and play with them. I just don't like cleaning up after them, that's my concern," said Murphy. "It is one of those things, 'not in my backyard.' But I am all for it, and the dogs need it and the owners need it. It is about time the city started to do something about it."

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