Craig’s new bark park to go near cemetery, pending community approval |

Craig’s new bark park to go near cemetery, pending community approval

The city of Craig and the local Humane Society have tentatively agreed on a location for the city’s new dog park.

Earlier this year, officials with the city of Craig, Moffat County School District, and the Humane Society of Moffat County were putting their heads together and had at least one site already in mind for puppy parents to meet other fellow dog lovers.

According to April 10 meeting minutes from Craig’s Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board, superintendent of MCSD, officials with the city of Craig and MCSD were in negotiations for a slice of school property to be leased to the city for a new dog park. MCSD would have leased the space to the city for an annual fee of $1, according to the proposed intergovernmental agreement.

The city mailed a letter to residents in the neighborhood detailing their plans for the dog park and requesting input, and they got it. According to the meeting minutes, so many residents showed up to voice their distaste for additional traffic and other worries, the city’s advisory board recommended the city change the planned location of the bark park.

Council voted for the change at its May 14 meeting.

“I hope that this moves forward, but obviously at a different location,” said Councilwoman Andrea Camp at the meeting.

Now, the city and Humane Society have found that location — a 180-foot-by-300-foot slice of property on the eastern side of the city cemetery.

“We’d like to go forth and pursue developing this dog park in this area,” said Steve Hilley of the Humane Society of Moffat County at council’s Tuesday, Aug. 13 meeting.

Hilley said the new park will have two areas — one for small dogs and another for large dogs. The new park will have set rules and might one day have special water features for Craig’s four-legged critters.

Coucilman Chris Nichols asked Hilley if the city would need to budget for the new park.

“What are you looking for from us other than the designation of the property?” Nichols asked.

Hilley’s answer pointed out taxpayers won’t be on the hook for any of the new dog park as the local Humane Society has raised enough money to build the park through donations.

“You don’t need to budget for this,” Hilley told council.

Mayor Jarrod Ogden signaled he and council were generally in support of a new dog park by the cemetery.

“I don’t think there’s anyone up here on this side opposed to it at all,” Ogden said.

But Ogden also wants the city to notify residents in the area before construction begins.

“We need to give notice to adjoining property owners,” he said.

Councilman Tony Bohrer agreed, saying he hopes residents near the cemetery communicate their thoughts to Craig’s City Council.

“If there are complaints about it, we definitely want to hear from those property owners about it,” Bohrer said.

City Attorney Sherman Romney said it won’t take long to notify all the residents near the new park via mail so council can make a final decision on the park at its upcoming Aug. 27 meeting.

“The council could make a decision at that time,” Romney said.

As long as property owners signal their approval, Hilley said he’s ready to act and has already secured three bids for the new park’s fencing.

Ogden said Craig’s City Council is in full support of Hilley’s efforts to build a new dog park.

“We stand behind you on this,” Ogden said.

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