Elkhart dog park getting closer to reality

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(Tim Vandenack/Elkhart Truth)

It has a name and it has a location. But now, it needs money and support from the Elkhart City Council.

A vacant field in High Dive Park could be the location for the Dr. Booth Bark Park, according to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth.

Elkhart Parks Superintendent Clyde Riley is asking for $110,000, and that’s the holdup at the moment, according to the Elkhart Truth.

The money would be used for drainage, lighting, and fencing, but it’d just be a one-time fee. A special city fund for “animal initiatives” would supply the start-up cost. Upkeep for the park would come from dog licensing and membership fees.

Riley plans on building two fenced-in sections in the open field on the northeast corner of High Dive Park: one for big dogs, the other for small ones. Owners would be able to run off leashes while having a shaded area as well. Owners would have a water source for the dogs, but would have to bring their own bowls.

The park would be named after the late Frank Booth, who opened a pet clinic in Elkhart in 1942. It preceded Noah’s Landing Pet Care Clinic.

The request has been sent to a committee for review.

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