Jefferson City Parks and Recreation talks about dog park fee

10 months 2 days 17 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
By: Jordan Alejandre, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department is considering removing a fee for dog park users.

The Park Resources and Planning Committee met Tuesday to discuss the fee. 

The lone dog park in Jefferson City requires a permit for access. The permit costs $36 per dog per year and the owner of the dog must show that the dog is vaccinated, spayed or neutered and over the age of six months. 

Assistant Director of Parks and Golf J.J. Gates said the meeting had mixed opinions.

"The fees were part of the discussion, both for and against," Gates said.

According to Gates, Jefferson City makes around $1,000 in revenue per year from the fees. 

The committee searched several dog parks around Mid-Missouri and found that only one, in Springfield, also required a fee. However, the fee was slightly lower, costing $25 per dog per year. 

One Jefferson City dog park user said that she thinks the fee is necessary, but would be open to a change.

"I'm not terribly opposed to some kind of fee as long as [the park] is accessible to everyone who is willing to take care of their dogs. Because vaccinations, operations to get them fixed are not cheap," Adrianna Sanders said.

Gates said the committee is going to keep collecting information and discussing options and that it will present all of the information to the Parks and Recreation Commission for review.

There is no timeframe for when the information will be presented. 

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