Town of Jackson to pursue seasonal dog park near fairgrounds

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Yesterday, the Town of Jackson officials unanimously voted to pursue a seasonal dog park for this winter along Snow King Avenue at Flat Creek Drive west of Heritage Arena. This direction is the result of months of discussion with various town entities on several different locations for a possible dog park. Before yesterday’s meeting, officials had focused on three locations for the dog park — near the post office, in the grassy area at the fair grounds, or utilizing an area within an existing park. These options have been the subject of several Town Council conversations. The Post Office has been unresponsive in the town’s attempts to work with them on the property, the Parks and Recreation Board has voted against using areas in existing parks and there are worries about the small size of the grassy area at the fairgrounds. Specifically, Amy Romaine, the executive director of Paws of Jackson Hole stated during the meeting that, “a half acre, which is what the grassy area at the fairgrounds would be, seems a little small to us. We have consistently said that a half acre would open us up to potential dog fights and potential injuries.” During yesterday’s meeting, Councilman Jim Stanford proposed a seasonal dog park along Snow King Avenue near Flat Creek Drive. After initial review of the area and discussion among council members, he moved to direct staff to pursue a seasonal dog park at the location near the fair grounds along Snow King Avenue by Flat Creek drive and work with Paws of Jackson Hole on a cost sharing agreement for some modest improvements to set up this park by this winter. By the next Town Council meeting, staff will present a site plan and cost sharing agreement for the dog park. Feature Photo: Dog Park. h/t Brent Moore via Creative Commons / Pitchengine Communities #buckrail #news