Wendover Dog Park Project Presented
At the Special City Council Meeting on May 22nd wherein the FY2018-2019 budget was approved, another item on the agenda was a presentation by Mr. John Hanson, who is also one of the City Council Members, concerning the creation of the Wendover Dog Park.
John indicated that the idea of the Wendover Dog Park came to him when he was recently at Virginia Lake in Reno, Nevada. He saw several groups of people gathered with animals and so he decided to investigate and found that the area had a local dog park. He mentioned that he thought “Wow, this would be a great idea and benefit to the dog owners in West Wendover and be an asset to the community if we could have this type of facility”. John took the idea seriously and started work with his own architect on the creation of a future dog park.
On May 17th, John took the first step to bring the project to reality, when he made a presentation and proposal to the West Wendover Recreation District to use 3.5 acres of their property located along Florence Way just east of the Mesa Street intersection. After reviewing the proposal the Recreation District Board provided unanimous approval for the concept and use of the property.
The park would contain separate areas for both small and large dogs, would include shade pavilions, lots of trees, dog fountains and possibly a dog shower in addition to a parking area and an ADA compliant unisex restroom. Since the Recreation District approved the concept John has reached out to the equipment provider who worked on the upgrades to Scobie Park recently. They have indicated that they will assist in the project providing input on the type of dog toys and equipment that would be of benefit to the park given their experience with equipping other dog parks.
As for some general requirements for use of the facility by dog owners and their companions, John mentioned at the top of the list will be ensuring that the dogs are properly licensed and have their required vaccinations. He also indicated that he will accomplish the project only through community support and private donations that no public funding is being sought for the project.
John’s next step will be meeting with City Manager/Community Development Director Chris Melville to begin the plan approval process for the project. As for the timeline, John indicates that of course it is all dependent on the support he receives with regards to the private donations, but hopes that this is something that can be completed in the next year maybe two.
If you are interested in making a contribution towards the Wendover Dog Park please contact John Hanson.