Plans set for off-leash dog park |

Plans set for off-leash dog park

A fenced area at Bijou Park where dogs can run off-leash and frolic with canine friends now is set to open as soon as June.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council approved $35,000 last month to build the dog park as part of its budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which started Oct. 1. Councilman Bill Crawford asked the council to reconsider the funding, citing the city’s struggle to fund basic services such as the police and fire departments.

But at Tuesday’s council meeting, Crawford withdrew his reconsideration request.

“I’m not going to get in anybody’s doghouse today on an item like this,” Crawford said. “I don’t want to spend a lot of time; maybe I won’t even get a second anyway.”

Crawford’s concession will allow plans for the park to move forward.

“It’s going to be cool,” city Park Supervisor Greg Ross said after Tuesday’s meeting.

The park will be 35,000 to 37,000 square feet and will be toward the side of the park along Al Tahoe Boulevard.

Basic amenities will be provided, including benches, irrigation, drinking fountains and “mutt mitts” for cleaning up Fido’s waste. Ross said donations might be sought for accessories at the park, such as toy fire hydrants.

The city plans to order supplies and equipment for the park over the winter. Construction is expected to move quickly after the grading period for the Lake Tahoe Basin opens May 15, Ross said.

Ross said response to the dog park concept has been positive since the idea came up a few years ago. “It’s a real nice amenity for the community,” he said.

– Tribune staff writer Adam Jensen contributed to this report.

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