A new dog park on the west side of Bunker Hills Regional Park is scheduled to open Monday, Aug. 5.
Fencing was being installed and the parking lot graded and paved this week in preparation for the opening of the dog park.
This project is a collaboration between Anoka County and the cities of Andover and Coon Rapids.
The new dog park is located in the regional park on 133rd Avenue off Hanson Boulevard on the border of Andover and Coon Rapids adjacent to the Anoka County compost site.
A soft opening is planned Monday, but there may be a small celebration planned later on, according to Karen Blaska, county parks planner.
The dog park will be open year-round during normal county park hours – a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset, Blaska said.
The cost of the work is being split three ways and use of in-kind labor from each agency has reduced the cost to some $50,000, according to Tim Himmer, Coon Rapids public works director.
“This joint effort has been working very well with each organization providing materials and labor in an effort to keep project costs down,” Himmer said.
The benches and tables for the dog park won’t be in place at the time the dog park opens.
They have been ordered by the county, but are not expected to be delivered and installed until the end of August, according to Blaska.
Under a joint powers agreement between the county and the two cities, the county has been responsible for the tree clearing, restoration and signage; Andover has provided labor and equipment to prepare and grade the site; and Coon Rapids has been in charge of plan preparation, construction staking and providing class 5 material as well as project administration.
The county will maintain the dog park (mowing, trash, repairs, etc.) with Andover and Coon Rapids sharing equally in the cost, the joint powers agreement states.
The new dog park is 6.58 acres in size and is twice the size as the county’s other dog park, which is located at Locke Park in Fridley, according to John VonDeLinde, county parks and recreation director.
The location of the dog park is ideal because it is not in a neighborhood, VonDeLinde said.
While Andover does not have a dog park in its city, Coon Rapids has operated a dog park at Trackside Park since 2006.
But a few residents in the area have voiced complaints about the impact the dog park has had on the neighborhood, including parking issues created by people using the dog park.
In fact, the Coon Rapids City Council at its Aug. 20 meeting is scheduled to discuss the future of the Trackside Park dog park now that the new dog park is open.
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