Dog park public meeting set for Thursday

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 11:03
  • Star file photo/Matt Tunseth

A public meeting will be held Thursday, May 24, to discuss the possibility of bringing a dog park to the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

The local parks and recreation board of supervisors has been talking about using municipal parkland to create a dog park for several years, and a feasibility study was recently completed by an Anchorage consulting firm. Now, public feedback is being sought on the potential park, which would likely be located in Eagle River or Peters Creek. According to the study (which is online at muni.org), the two best options for a dog park are on Fire House Lane in Eagle River and at Peters Creek Park in Chugiak.

Those two options were chosen after R&M Consultants ruled out sites near the railroad tracks at Beach Lake Park, at Loretta French Park and at the “Northwest Quarter” within Section 25 of Beach Lake Park.

Each site was ranked on a number of criteria ranging from ownership, location and zoning to existing uses, possible conflicts, cost and maintenance.

The Fire House Lane parcel currently has tennis courts, while the portion of Peters Creek Park under consideration is currently unused — though there are a disc golf course and hiking trails nearby. Both the tennis court and disc golf/hiking trails would be separate from any dog park.

The Fire House Lane site would be much less expensive to implement, with an estimated cost of about $13,000 for fencing and signage. The Peters Creek site, according to the study, would cost as much as $500,000 for a new parking lot and lighting.

According to the study, surveys have shown concern from neighbors on Fire House Lane that the site may be too small for a dog park, while the public has had little to say so far about the Peters Creek site.

The consultants want to hear what the public has to say about any and all locations before advising the parks board further.

Parks commissioners have said they hope to have a plan for a dog park in place by the summer, but won’t move forward without public input.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Eagle River Town Center building, located at 12001 Business Blvd. in Eagle River.

To read the study, click here.

Email Star editor Matt Tunseth at [email protected]r.com or call 257-4274

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