It was a close vote (3-2) but enough to make a dog park a soon-to-be reality in Sartell.
The Sartell City Council approved the dog park at its July 8 meeting, following a unanimous endorsement from the Sartell Park Commission.
The seven-acre park will be created in Pinecone Central Park, a perfect location for a dog park. Currently, the Sartell Dog Park Action Committee is raising money to construct the park. Its goal is $150,000, which would pay for the extensive fencing and amenities that could include water stations and an agility course. DogPAC plans to hold fundraisers, seek grants and explore the possibility of corporate sponsorships.
A dog park is a win-win for everybody in Sartell, especially for those who love and respect animals. It will be wonderful to have a chance for dog enthusiasts to get together to enjoy their pets (and others’ pets) for exercise and socialization. The park will be large enough for plenty of romping room. Other exciting possibilities at the park include dog-training classes, special presentations and educational possibilities.
In just a few months, a handful of dedicated dog lovers worked extremely hard to see a concept became a reality. DogPAC is a group of energetic, focused and determined people who came together and did their homework. They researched various dog parks far and wide, they sought input from veterinarians, they delved into the nuts and bolts of what it would take to do the actual hands-on work. They did not become sidetracked or muddled, which so often happens to other exploratory groups and committees. They deserve admiration and kudos for their extraordinary focus on this project. And, not to forget, a lion’s share of the praise should go to Anita Rasmussen, Sartell planner and developer, who helped spearhead the concept from the very beginning – last March.
Now that the project has the blessing of the city council, the next step is for Sartell residents to solidify support for the dog park by making contributions. Keep an eye out for the many fundraisers that will take place. Also, be sure to check out the following site: facebook.com/SartellDogPac. That site is not only very informative, but it’s a place where contributions can be made.