Owatonna dog park becomes reality
Steele County is going to the dogs - but it's not a bad thing. The Steele County Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit which will allow Theresa and John Johnson to open the first ever dog park in Steele County.
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Saint Paul, MN
#1 Nov 11, 2009
I applaud the initiative taken by the Johnsons.
The number of parks like this are exploding across the country, partly because it's good for the dogs, but mostly because they provide a gathering place for dog owners and foster a real sense of community.
However, I think it was short sighted on the part of elected officials to reject the idea of a dog park because it was "too expensive" ($20,000) during these hard times.
Typically, dog owners are willing to pay an annual permit fee ranging from $25-40; these monies will quickly pay construction costs, but the fees will then become a revenue stream for the parks department for years to come (above maintenance costs).
Note that the Johnson's will charge uses $150 per year ($30 for each addition dog) for access to their park.
#2 Jun 27, 2012
I paid the $150 for the year, they are now closed. Me looking at $75 out of my dogs pocket, she is the one that hurts right now. The money I gave was for my pup, she is the one that misses it. What do I do? I am sorry for misfortunes, my dog is the one suffering right now, I am a vegan and believe in animal rights more than the next. Keira wants this park back open. Thanks for reading.
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