Dog park springs through council

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, June 7, 2011

City Council members unanimously supported S.P.A.R.K.’s (Start a Park for Austin’s Respectable K-9s) initiative to bring a dog park to town Monday night.

Although this doesn’t set anything in stone, S.P.A.R.K. members can now begin fundraising for the project. Leaders of the group have previously said they want to raise as much as $15,000 for start-up costs; they are hoping to have money left over to begin an upkeep and maintenance fund for the park.

Mike Schatz, one of S.P.A.R.K.’s organizers, previously said the dog park would need to be at least one acre and have a four-foot fence — preferably with a double-gated entry to keep the dogs contained. The park would also require garbage cans, tables or benches, shade and parking close to the site.

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Schatz has also said a dog park could cut down on people allowing their dogs to run unleashed in other areas of town where unleashed pets are prohibited.

A location has not been chosen at this point, although it is likely one of the next steps.