Duluth Looks at Two New Dog Parks

Posted at: 11/06/2013 6:26 PM | Updated at: 11/06/2013 6:52 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

Two more Duluth dog parks are in the works. Currently, there's just one park in West Duluth. The City Council will look at a resolution identifying a central location and east location for future dog parks.

River is a Jack Russel Terrier and Beagle mix. He's just six months old and lives in West Duluth. His owner brings River to the Keene Creek Dog Park to socialize and exercise.

But not everyone at the park can walk there. Some of the visitors live on the other side of the city, meaning a 20-minute drive.

"I live way over in Lakeside and there's no dog park over there so this is the nearest one," said Tarek Makky.

Makky makes sure his one-year-old pup Oliver gets plenty of exercise. Sometimes he drives to West Duluth to the dog park, or he walks Oliver in his neighborhood. If the council passes the dog park resolution, Makky would be just blocks away from one of the parks.

"We were actually just talking to someone here who just left about how nice it would be to have a dog park over there. There's a lot of dogs in my neighborhood that have no where to go really," said Makky.

JC Welles with the city's Dog Park Task Force said they worked all summer to nail down a central and eastern location. Russell Square offered some already open green space on the east side.

"Russell Square has a lot of woods in it, some of the underbrush probably needs to be cleaned but I think both of them should work pretty easily," said Welles.

Russell Square is at 43rd Avenue East and Jay Street. For dog owners in central Duluth, under the resolution, Observation Park at 10th Avenue West and 3rd Street would be fenced and ready for fetch.

Welles said if the resolution is approved and the locations pass through the planning and budget committees, by next summer, there will be a dog park for all areas of Duluth.

Welles said the council will likely take action on the resolution next Tuesday.

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