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Dog park being reviewed Thursday by commission

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POSTED January 8, 2009 1:20 a.m.

Should a dog park be built at Woodward Park?

And if it is the best site, how soon should the city build it?

The Parks and Recreation Commission is reviewing the dog park at the City Council’s request during the group’s 5 p.m. meting Thursday at the City Council chambers, 1001 W. Center St.

The idea for a dog park in Manteca was first floated at a City Council meeting in 2001 by Park West neighborhood resident Karen Grupe. A year later, dog park enthusiasts formed the Manteca Dog Owners Group (DOGs) to start working with the city to find a location for a dog park as well as to build it. By 2003, the first proposed location was identified — a grassy area immediately north of the Parks and Recreation office at the Civic Center.

Dog lovers have started pushing for progress on a dog park in Manteca. They have suggested various possible locations although the city has officially adopted a location at Woodward Park.

The location is on the northeast corner of the 52-acre park where Woodward Avenue and Bridewell Avenue. It is on the outer edge of the storm retention basin where an amphitheatre is proposed. There are already a number of stately sycamore trees already in place.

The site requires fencing, a tap for drinking for dogs —and humans — as well as benches and dog scoop stations. The commission in their master plan adopted in the summer of 2007 tossed in a large shade structure to bring the total cost for a dog park to $250,261.

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