Amenities taking shape in Dog Park
Three more key user amenities are in place now in the ongoing improvement project at the El Paso County Dog Park.
Recently completed are:
The $280,000 project, funded by a grant and county developer fees, started last October. Free and open to the public and maintained to a large extent by volunteers, the 25-acre off-leash facility is just west of 21st and Rio Grande streets, bordering Bear Creek Regional Park.
Also recently completed in the project was fencing around the formerly dirt parking lot, which had been paved in the initial phase last fall. The fence was necessary “to keep loose dogs off 21st street,” Meyer said.
Heavy equipment is still at work on Bear Creek, which marks the southern perimeter of the Dog Park. Along the creek, two drop structures (needed for drainage control) have been set in the creek, and “will be grouted once we get a couple of warm days,” Meyer summarized in an e-mail. “We still have to place boulders along the creek bank, clean out and install culverts along the trail and place gravel and boulders around the restroom.”
An original element of the project - light poles for the parking lot - has been dropped. “Currently, all county parks are open dawn to dusk, so parking lot lighting was not deemed a high priority and was cut to absorb the increase in utility costs,” Meyer said.
A date for project completion has not been established, but mid-April is the tentative goal. “We will be planning a grand re-opening of sorts in May,” he said.
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