After at least eight years of resident requests and a few Leadership Cape presentations, Cape Girardeau’s first dog park, Dog Town Playground, will finally open in early November at Kiwanis Park.
Community discussion of dog park needs started before 2005. Because of a lack of funds and an identified location, the project was put on hold until 2012.
“City staff and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board determined that an existing [City] park would probably be the best location,” said Julia Thompson, City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department Director. “Kiwanis Park is a good sized park with lots of open space that is centrally located.”
Community members, along with the dog park committee, developed the initiative leading to the facility’s creation and provided input. The City Council approved a $25,000 allocation, as the dog park was on an approved projects list via casino revenue funding.
“The dog park committee evaluated several dog parks in other cities to gather ideas,” said Parks Manager Brock Davis. “All of the construction and maintenance will be done by City employees and volunteers.”
Construction began in the middle of September behind Pavilion 2 in Kiwanis Park. Davis said the park will be about an acre, allowing lots of room for pets and owners to run and play. Areas will be designated for both large and small dogs.
According to Davis, the park itself will be user friendly for dogs and owners alike.
“It’ll be totally fenced off with five-foot fencing,” said Davis. “We’ll have signage with park rules, seating, pet waste stations, play features and, of course, fire hydrants.”
Double-gated park entry locations will allow owners and pets to acclimate before entering.
Dog Town Playground will host many future dog-related events, from training to dog shows and workshops.
For additional information on Dog Town, contact Parks and Recreation at 573-339-6340.