Happy Hollow Park could be getting a new place for pooches

Adding a dog park to the area is part of the 5-year park master plan.

Posted: May 16, 2019 7:50 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A West Lafayette park could be headed in a "paws-itive" direction for pooches.

However, a lot needs to happen before the idea of a dog park in Happy Hallow becomes reality.

The city has requested quotes to demolish a home in the park because it's deteriorating and not up to code.

Parks superintendent Kathy Lozano said once that happens, a large flat area would be left.

She said it's the perfect spot for a dog park. It would be a fenced-in area about the size of a football field and would allow people to let their dogs run off their leashes.

Adding a dog park to the area is part of the 5-year park master plan.

Lozano said they've been looking at other parks in the city, but Lozano says this location has the most room available and would be a much needed addition for dog owners.

"There are lots of people that have dogs and there's really nowhere for them to be off a leash unless you go out of the city," she said.

Although it's just in its beginning stages, Lozano has a vision for what it could be.
That includes rules for what you can and can't do.

"The way we envision it, is that there will be some posted rules for dog park ettiquite," said Lozano. "We, at this time, have no plans to charge a fee or register dogs."

There are still a lot of steps to be made, but she said if all goes well, the dog park could be up and running by the end of the year.

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