St. Peters is another town going to the dogs

November 20, 2012 by  

St. Peters, Missouri, is joining the list of cities and towns barking up the same tree. On November 14, the municipality announced it would create its first dog park in response to residents’ requests. The new facility will be built inside the extant Lakeside Park, which is located at Highway 370 and Truman Boulevard.

The dog park will be built in two phases. Phase One is scheduled to be finished by fall 2013, and will be located on the “northeast side of the lake at Lakeside Park,” according to Jeff Hutsler, City Parks and Recreation Director. This area will have room for both small and large dogs and will be equipped with the usual canine-friendly features. Phase Two’s water feature will encourage dogs to play in the lake, though Hutsler did not specify a completion date.

Phase One is estimated to cost approximately $60,000, but St. Peters had no trouble finding a sponsor – the St. Peters Rotary Club 6060 has stepped up and will contribute $7,500 per year for the park for three years, starting in 2013. Nate Vogel, who is President of Rotary, said the club was happy to help with the funding because the park is the result of a community request, which is precisely the kind of project Rotary members enjoy supporting.

While the project is underway, Rotary and the city could have flyers printed to keep residents apprised of construction progress. Once the work is completed, they could perhaps consult brochure printers to consider a more formal publication describing the park, its hours, and facilities.