Fort Oglethorpe is making plans for a dog park, following a community survey which found many support the idea.
The survey was posted on the city council's website from mid-November through the end of December, asking citizens to give their opinions on the construction of a dog park at Van Cleve Street and Patterson Avenue. Of the 235 people who contributed, 89 percent believed the city would benefit from a dog park.
The land is already owned by the city. It will soon become home to a 400-by-150-foot fenced-in area with separate spaces for large and small dogs, along with benches, shady trees and lighting.
A budget of $40,000 has been set for construction, with $15,000 already allocated into a restricted fund, leaving City Manager Jennifer Payne-Simpkins to figure out how the remaining $25,000 will be raised.
She might not have to look too far. When asked if they would be willing to purchase plaques to help pay for the park, well over half of the survey respondents said they would reach into their own pockets for the project.
Payne-Simpkins said the next step is to gather a group of survey-takers who said they would volunteer to help construct the park and find more ways to offset the $25,000 budget.
"The whole success of the project hinges on that conversation," she said.
She plans to get this group of dog-lovers together within the next 30 days, with a plan going to city council within the first half of the new year.
Payne-Simpkins has a dog of her own and said she was pleased to see the overwhelming amount of positive responses from her community.
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