BOYNE CITY — The Boyne City commission voiced support for the creation of a dog park, Tuesday, at its regular meeting.
“We’re just discussing this to get the initial impressions, we’re not voting on anything yet.” said Michael Cain, city manager.
A citizen’s committee has been formed to work out details of location, design and funds. After the committee has finalized plans, the park concept would need to be approved by the city commission.
“We’ve had some interest in a dog park here in town,” said Streets and Parks and Recreation Supervisor, Andy Kovolski. “I have a feeling this is going to be a very popular thing. I think this is something that needs looking at.”
A couple different locations have been discussed including, Rotary, Sunset and Avalanche Parks, he said.
The recommended site is on the far right that faces the hill, out of the path of the sledders.
“We keep coming back to Avalanche,” he said. “I think it’s a nice area, it’s convenient and close to restrooms.”
Cain said, one of the first things to do would have the citizens group start to look at fundraising opportunities to fund the project.
“By giving a place where dogs can run freely, we’re hoping to help curb problems in the past with people walking dogs without leashes,” he said.
He noted there will be separate areas for large and small dogs to prevent any problems.
“I’ve got four dogs and I’ve been to a lot of dog parks over the years and they’re a lot of fun,” said Jim Baumann, executive director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. “People clean up pretty well in these situations. I have a feeling money is not that much of an issues if the committee raises the money.”
Commissioner Tom Neidhamer said the park would be a great social event for dog owners to get together and socialize.
“It meets our goals to be a pet-friendly town too,” he said. “As long as the planning process goes through the right steps it will be a good thing.”
Commissioner Laura Sansom and Mayor Pro-Tem, Gene Towne also voiced their support for the park.
“I think it’s a good idea, I would like to see more details when they’re ready,” Towne said.