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North Kansas City makes plans for dog park

A new dog park is being planned in North Kansas City.

The North Kansas City City Council last week approved a resolution amending the city’s gaming and park fund budgets and approving committing $270,000 to build the facility.

It will be built on almost four acres owned by the city near Swift Street and 32nd Avenue.

“We see this as a ‘people’ place as much as a place for dogs to be off-leash,” said Dave Schnoebelen, the city’s parks and recreation director.

Several area residents have supported the dog park project during recent City Council meetings, he added.

“We are trying to be responsive to that,” Schnoebelen said. “This is an attractive amenity and sorely needed.”

Such facilities usually offer dog owners a designated place to allow their dogs to frolic leash-free. Several parks already are available south of the Missouri River — in Penn Valley Park and south Kansas City as well as in Blue Springs. On the Kansas side there is a dog park within Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee.

There also is a dog park in Liberty, said Schnoebelen. Still, the North Kansas City facility will be highly used, he added.

“We fully expect users to come from all parts of the Northland,” he said.

The facility, once completed, also will help reduce on-leash dog traffic along the Macken Park walking trail, he added.

Work will begin in late spring or early summer on initial grading of the site.

The park will have the customary dog park amenities, including on-site parking, walking trails and open shelters. It also will have separate areas for small dogs and larger dogs.

Schnoebelen hopes the park will be completed by next spring.