MASON CITY – The Mason City Parks Board approved a fence for a long-sought-after dog park on the city’s North End.
The dog park, located on Elm Drive and 13th Street NE, will have 3,000 feet of fencing, according to City Official Bill Stangler. The overall cost of the fencing will be $32,265, paid for equally with city funds and donations raised by dog park supporters. Mr. Stangler indicated Tuesday morning that after the Mason City Council approves funding at their next meeting on August 20th, the fence will be installed in the “latter half of September” as city workers finish up other necessary minor work on the park and the surrounding area.
“We’ll open the park as quick as we can,” Mr. Stangler said.
The dog park will be divided with fencing; a section will designated for dogs over 30 lbs. and another section for dogs below that weight.
“Friends of the dog park” describe the park as “An accessible fenced-in, off-leash dog park where well-behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment with their owners without disruption or endangerment to the citizens, wildlife, or property within the Mason City community.”
Friends of the dog park Co-Chair person Laura Grommesh attended the Parks Board meeting and described some rules that will be enforced at the park. Children under the age of 8 will not be allowed in the park, for example, and police will be called if persons with aggressive dogs do not comply when asked to leave.
Janice Easley of Mason City raised concerns about the dog park. She said she was concerned about liability issues and the spread of disease.
Another Mason City resident informed NIT Tuesday morning that “You just wait and see because there’s going to be dog attacks/ deaths and diseases! BAD IDEA.”
Ms. Grommesh informed the board that dog parks are a popular amenity in cities all over the country and the region; Albert Lea and Cedar Falls, for example have dog parks.