It’s budget season and Craig city officials are looking at a number of capital improvement projects for 2012, including one that could convert the East Annex into a dog park.
Dave Pike, city parks and recreation director, said he has about 10 possible projects and a dog park is probably in the middle of the list.
Pike said he would make recommendations to the city council on which projects he would like to address first.
However, he probably won’t be able to make those recommendations before the council introduces its 2012 budget Tuesday because the city is still awaiting the results of an appraisal on Craig City Park, which is currently owned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Pike said. “Everything depends heavily on the City Park appraisal. Acquiring City Park is the first priority.”
Also high on Pike’s list is the development of Breeze Park and improvements to the skate park, which could include new ramps and permanent concrete features.
Although Pike conceded that there probably won’t be enough room in the city’s budget to tackle the dog park project in 2012, he said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of phasing in pieces over time.
Some of the items in the dog park plan are:
• A fence estimated to cost $17,000
• Three shelters estimated to cost $24,000
• Three picnic tables estimated to cost $1,500
• Ten trash cans estimated to cost $2,100
• One campground-style vault toilet estimated to cost $37,000
Pike said the dog park project would be eligible for Great Outdoors Colorado grant funding assistance and that the cost of the project depends on how elaborate the city wants to get.
“It could be as cheap or as expensive as you want it,” Pike said. “If all we decide to do is a fenced-in park, then it would be relatively cheap.
“But, the price goes up when you consider shelters, picnic tables and access to water.”
Pike said he suspects the size and scope of the project will depend on whether or not his office can secure funding assistance from GOCO.
Carol Scott, Moffat County deputy assessor and a volunteer with the Moffat County Humane Society, said the organization has access to recycled fencing materials and is willing to work with the city to provide manpower in an effort to get that part of the project off the ground.
Pike said the city is expecting the results of the City Park appraisal sometime this week. Once it has been reviewed, he will know what additional projects will fit into the city’s proposed budget.
The council could approve its 2012 budget Nov. 1.
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