Park Improvements for Man's Best Friend
"I think it is something that will allow the people with dogs be able to get some exercise in a safe environment," said dog owner Mark Langstraat.
A meeting where people can come and speak out about the dog park will be held by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department on Monday, July 10, at 6:30pm. The meeting will also talk about whether to separate large dogs from small dogs, or let them run together. Columbia will spend $70,000 total on constructing trails, planting trees and building fences.
Currently, there is a leash-free area the Bear Creek Trail, but dog owners are concerned that without a fence, their dogs may run into the road and be hit by traffic. Some people also think that weeds grow too high in the unfenced leash-free areas and small dogs may get lost running inside.