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SF Proposes More Dog Parks

July 3, 2014, 10:00 PM by Sammi Bjelland

SF Proposes More Dog Parks
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Dog parks are a popular commodity in Sioux Falls.

Spencer Park on the southeast side of town is constantly busy with people and their pooches. That's why the city is proposing building more parks like it in other parts of town.

People in Sioux Falls love their pets. They also love free, open space to spend time with their furry companions.

"This is amazing. I just love how you could just take your dogs there and just take them off the leash, and they love it," dog owner, Jennifer Eastman said.

During a survey in 2011, the city found that 50-percent of the people asked would like to see more dog parks like Spencer Park all over the city.

For the second time, the issue was brought up during Tuesday night's Capital Improvement Plan presentation.

"Last budget we talked about some very expensive dog parks, and after that budget presentation last year we kind of said, we're not going to do that," City Councilman, Greg Jamison said.

But those plans were adjusted and a new idea was presented.

Mayor Mike Huether's proposal is to transform two existing parks into fenced in dog parks like Spencer.
One would be at Family Park on the west side of town, and the other is still to be determined.

While the city of Sioux Falls continues to grow, with more people and their dogs coming to town, some dog owners say it would be beneficial to spread out the dog parks. So more people have easier access.

"I think they should build more because there's a lot of dogs around here and some people can't drive all the way down here to get to this dog park," said dog owner, Natalie Eastman said.

"There may not be somebody who has a car to be able to get to this amazing place for the dogs. So to have it localized and in each side of the town would be nice," Jennifer said.

But if the proposal is approved, more people will have an easier time enjoying the perks of a pup friendly park.

"They like to hang out with the dogs and they just think it's really fun to run around and just socialize with them," Natalie said.

The total dog park project cost is about $600,000. The city council will vote on the proposal in September.

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