Off-leash dog park proposed for Williams Lake

Bowser may one day be able to romp free in a City off-leash dog park.

Bowser may one day be able to romp free in a City off-leash dog park.

That is in spite of there being no budget allocation for a dog park, no consideration for it in the City’s 2012 budget and it not being identified as a priority project in a recent Community Recreation Survey.

Regardless, the City approved a temporary dog park stakeholder group,  Tuesday, Nov. 1  night that will advise staff on location and design of a possible dog park.

Coun. Laurie Walters said the group of community members interested in the establishment of such a park was growing.

“I’m  excited that we’re moving forward on this,” she said.

Coun. Suriniderpal Rathor indicated there was a need for answers regarding the prospective park’s location.

According to a city report, City staff have identified Glendale Park, the Stampede Grounds, Boitanio, Comer, Beauchamp, Johnson and Kinsmen parks as possible locations.

The report indicates the city could decide to make the dog park a priority in the 2012 budget by deferring other priorities or considering other funding options such as grants or fundraising.

At this point, the City’s only estimated cost is fencing.  The report notes there are other costs that can not be accurately estimated without knowing the preferred location and amenities.