LANSDALE — Now that the skatepark project in the autonomous region has been completed, town officials are working on another goal.
And this is literally for dogs.
“We have begun discussions about dog parks, and the Commission will investigate that idea further,” said Councilor Mary Fuller.
For most of the 2010s, the Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee provided feedback, held long public discussions, issued multiple bid specifications, and finally at Force Street Park in the town, which opened in 2020. Oversaw the construction of the skate park. Karl Lukens, director of Fuller and Parks and Rec, said Wednesday that he was paying attention to another request from residents to have a dedicated dog park for residents and their four-legged friends.
“This was raised by multiple residents. I know other communities have them. I understand that Perkasie has something really great,” says Fuller. I did.
“I think the first step is to have space for that,” Lucens said.
Staff began investigating other people in the surrounding area, developing standards, evaluating parks in all autonomous regions, and came up with a set of recommendations, Lucens told the Commission Wednesday night. A recommendation from other nearby parks is that the facility has at least one acre of total space, about half of each of the areas for small and large dogs to stay separately.
“I looked at all the parks and measured them to see if they were good or bad, regardless of the house there. Only four were found to work.” He said.
Fuller proposed Hancock Street Park in the Autonomous Region, and Lucens said the site found that there was only about 0.7 acres of space available for the dog park. Is it the end of the world? Maybe not, “he said.
Hidden Valley Park, 700 blocks on East Main Street, directly across from Big Lots, has about 1.5 acres of available space, but is currently partly a no-mow area and the site has another potential. There is a problem. A spot driveway facing the main street just west of Nino’s Pizza.
“If you’re driving to get in and out, it’s really a one-lane road. It causes more safety issues or people park in the neighborhood and walk on private land to get there. Well, in my opinion it wouldn’t be a great place, “Lukens said.
Adjacent to the first skatepark in the town of the same name, the autonomous region of Wedgwood Park is an acre, but irregularly has limited parking nearby.
“There’s an acre of space there, but it occupies a lot of space and makes funky fencing. It’s not just a huge circle,” Lucens said.
The fourth candidate may not come as a surprise. Whites Road Park, on the outskirts of Whites Road, may also be an option in the upper area where the playground upgrade has recently been completed.
“It’s another no-cut area on the tennis court. We can probably squeeze another acre there. What’s the downside? There’s a row of houses there,” he said.
Other sites were also rated, but only one site met the size criteria and the problem occurred. Force Street has an ideal area, but the space is structured as a baseball stadium. “You can’t put a dog run in the middle. It’s one of the baseball stadiums we use all the time,” Lucens said.
Councilor Meg Curry Theo asked if areas of large and small dogs should be located in the same park. Lucens said it could depend on the feedback of the council and the community.
“There is no law, but I think it’s better to put them next to each other,” he said.
City Councilor Bill Henning said he recently visited a dog park in an area that does not have a split area for large and small dogs, and that Lucens was based on that recommendation under the guidance of the American Kennel Club. Fuller said he would like to visit each of the possible sites, walk around the site and see the dimensions directly. Lucens said the Commission could do so, providing feedback.
“There is no technically correct way. Some people know where there is only one size. I know the location, they have a” friends “group raise all the money.” Lucens said.
“I’ve seen the’Friends’ group given land, but it closed in two years. I’ve seen townships have membership, but the key to admission You have to get it. I’ve seen it for free. There’s nothing right or wrong. You just learn from the experience of others, “he said.
Fuller recalled hours of community meetings to discuss the design and location of the skatepark before it was approved, and said he was able to see a similar process for dog runs.
“You can also put together a group of dog owners of interest to see what their thoughts are. What they use, what they want, what works, what works. Doesn’t it work? Maybe I’m happy just to have space in a dedicated park, “she said.
The Landsdale Autonomous Region Council will then meet on October 20th at 7pm, and the Parks and Recreation Commission will meet next November 3rd at 7:30 pm. www.Lansdale.org..