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Grandview is planning its first dog park

Updated: 2013-09-03T02:49:58Z

By ELAINE ADAMS

The Kansas City Star

By next summer, Grandview is expected to open its first off-leash dog park in Meadowmere Park, with three or four fenced areas for dogs of different sizes.

The Board of Aldermen recently approved concept plans for the six-acre park, which will be funded by a bond issue approved by voters in 2008. The concept design also includes walking trails and shade structures.

“Our goal is to build the best dog park in the Kansas City area, with the hopes that it will be a destination for all dogs to bring their owners.” Eric Lucas, parks and recreation director, said in a news release.

Given budget constraints, Lucas said, parks officials will try to raise additional money through the crowd-sourcing webiste Neighbor.ly. The funds, which would come from online donations, would increase the city’s chance of building everything in the concept plan.

One unusual feature will be salvaged bridge trusses that Grandview will obtain from the Missouri Department of Transportation. They’re part of U.S. 40 bridge over the Blue River, which is being replaced.

Engineer Susan Barry manages the MoDOT project that includes the new bridge.

“As we began working on the project, we became aware ... that this bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places,” Barry said.

Working under federal guidelines, MoDOT then asked roughly 60 regional entities about their interest in reusing the structure. It also posted a general notice online.

“Grandview stepped up,” Barry said.

Trusses from the bridge will be brought to Grandview to enhance a pedestrian path over the Little Blue River in the dog park.

The U.S. 40 structure is a steel truss bridge — with pieces of steel forming a truss pattern. Typically with such bridges, said Grandview Public Works Director Dennis Randolph, the side truss is the most significant feature because different truss patterns were popular over time and in different parts of the country.

“However, the nice thing about this bridge is that the arched, overhead members are very pleasing in design and really add to the aesthetics of the bridge,” Randolph said.

MoDOT spokesman Steve Porter described the reuse as “an exciting partnershp.”

“I would think Harry Truman would be pleased to see something of his era moved for continued use to his hometown of Grandview.”

To reach Elaine Adams, call 816-234-4732 or send email to eadams@kcstar.com.

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