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Carmen Ward
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Username: Carmenward

Post Number: 2
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2004 - 02:10 pm:   

Is Frisco planning on putting in a dog park? This would be awesome.
 

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec
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Username: Rick

Post Number: 90
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 09:18 am:   

Carmen,

The Parks and Recreation Board has discussed the subject of a Dog Park on several occasions. Staff has done a significant amount of research and have found that one of the critical items for a successful dog park is finding a suitable location. At this time, Staff has not located a suitable site and there are currently no funds allocated to the construction of a dog park. I have the feeling once a suitable site is found the Board will consider allocating funds or proposing it in a future year where funds may be available. You are welcome to attend the next Parks and Recreation Meeting to express your support.

The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month with meetings typically taking place at the City Council Chambers beginning at 6:30 pm. I would suggest that you contact the Parks and Recreation Administrative offices at 972-335-5517 for additional information.

Dudley Raymond
Parks Planning and Capital Project Superintendent
(972) 335-5540 Ext. 159
 

Mike Smith
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Username: Mike214

Post Number: 26
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 07:48 am:   

What criteria are you applying to determine a suitable site? When posted prior to the Parks Board meeting date, I read the scheduled agenda to determine if items such as a dog park are to be discussed. Typically, the agenda is not posted until near meeting time or after the meeting is held. However, I have not seen this item on the several occasions to which you refer. On a regular basis, how can I find out what specific items are to be discussed with enough time to plan my schedule to be in attendance? Even if I drive to city hall to review the paper posted agenda, a dog park has not been a specific item that I noticed more than twice. I believe this is a facility many citizens would utilize. So again, what is the criteria for a suitable site?
 

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec
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Username: Rick

Post Number: 91
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 11:55 am:   

Mike,

The most limiting factor in determining a site is the actual location of such a park. In other areas they have been located in near proximity to residential houses and have struggled with issues of noise. Staff is currently looking for a site that will be far enough away from residential houses so as not to be considered a nuisance. Once, a site is located the Board will have to determine if it is a project they are willing to fund. A typical dog park can cost $200,000 plus the cost of land, if it must be purchased. It will take a minimum of 3-4 acres at $50,000-$75,000 per acre.

The Board has discussed a dog park as a specific agenda items, other times it may have been discussed as part of an agenda item that address future budgets or future projects. All agenda are posted a minimum of 72 hours prior to the meeting as required by state law. You are welcome to attend any Parks and Recreation Meeting and address the Board during the Citizens Appearance portion of the meeting.

As mentioned in previous threads, the Board meets on the second Thursday of each month with meetings typically taking place at the City Council Chambers beginning at 6:30 pm. For additional information, I would suggest that you contact the Parks and Recreation Administrative offices at 972-335-5517.

When the Parks and Recreation citizens survey was done, a dog park was ranked 16th on the list of facilities the citizens felt were definately needed.

Dudley Raymond
Parks Planning and Capital Project Superintendent
(972) 335-5540 Ext. 159

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