Elkhart dog park given green light by city council

A section of High Dive Park is going to the dogs.

The Elkhart City Council has agreed to allocate $110,000 to build a dog park within High Dive Park, according to the Elkhart Truth.

Now, Elkhart Parks and Recreation will start buying fencing and equipment so work can get started later this year.

There will be two fenced-in areas at High Dive Overlook. One would allow big dogs to run around without a leash. The other would be for little dogs. Both areas would have equipment that the dogs can play with as well as shaded areas for comfort. Owners would have a water source for the dogs, but would have to bring their own bowls.

The $110,000 will 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. Mayor Tim Neese hopes the dog park is ready by early spring, according to the Elkhart Truth.

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.

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