Gadsden residents and their four-legged friends will soon be getting a new place to play thanks to the City Council and the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center.
A dog park will be located on Kiwanis Island at the James D. Martin Wildlife Park behind the Gadsden Mall.
“This has been about five years in the making, and we’re very excited to see it come to fruition,” said Christi Brown, director of the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center.
The city approved a 10-year, $1-per-year lease with HSPRAC at Tuesday’s meeting.
After crossing the metal bridge from the mall parking lot, there is a Kiwanis pavilion on the left, and the entire green space behind that building will make up the dog park, Brown said.
She said the park won’t infringe on the walking trail. “We’re going to have a large dog section and a small dog section, and initially that’s all it’s going to be,” she said. “After that, we’re going to pursue grants to implement some agility courses.”
HSPRAC already has money set aside for some costs, which will include fencing for both areas, a perimeter fence, benches for humans to sit and rest, watering stations and waste stations.
Brown said residents, pet owners and shelter supporters had been surveyed while HSPRAC was looking for a location for the dog park.
She said during the pre-council meeting that she would have loved to have put the park behind the animal shelter on Brooke Avenue, but that’s not an easily accessible place. The wildlife park provided an ideal solution.
“We were finding that not only did they think that would be the best centrally located place,…
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