A new park for pooches in NKC

08/18/2014 2:44 PM

08/18/2014 2:44 PM

The Northland has a new off-leash dog park that will be unveiled to the public Wednesday night.

Its name will be revealed then, too.

The 4.7-acre park, at Northeast 32nd and Swift streets in North Kansas City, resulted from a collaboration between two cities.

North Kansas City designed and created the park at a cost of about $270,000, but Kansas City is helping with maintenance by providing $12,000 annually for five years starting next month.

The park contains a fenced area of just under an acre for small dogs and and second fenced area of 2.68 acres where larger dogs can romp. Amenities include walking trails. water fountains, benches and agility obstaces such as an A-frame ramp, tunnels, weave poles and rope jump.

Sara Copeland, spokeswoman for North Kansas City, said several obstacles were designed and built as an Eagle Scout project by Preston Sivils.

Englewood and Tiffany Springs parks have been identified as future Northland dog park sites within the Kansas City parks system, said parks and recreation spokeswoman Heidi Downer. She said the department encourages citizens to request funding through the Public Improvements Advisory Committee.

Wednesday’s ceremony will from 5 to 7 p.m. at the North Kansas City park, with the program starting at 5:15. Vendors of dog-related products will be there.

Park hours will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes first.

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

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