A dog leaps into the air to grab a tennis ball, Oct. 5, 2012.

A dog leaps into the air to grab a tennis ball, Oct. 5, 2012. (James Brooks photo)

The City of Kodiak Parks and Recreation Department is seeking community comments on a potential new dog park in the north end of East Addition Park.

So far, all the comments have been positive, but the department is still seeking comment especially from people who live in the area and comments regarding what exactly a dog park should look like and what it should contain.

“We’re trying to make sure that people in the area aren’t going to be affected by it, and make sure it’s not a nuisance,” said Parks and Rec director Corey Gronn. “We also want to hear about different styles. Do people want an open area or fenced in, do they want to leave room for growth, do they want to have a couple obstacles, things like that.”

A Facebook post on the Parks and Rec Facebook page requesting input drew 16 comments, all of them positive, within the first 24 hours along with 60 likes.

A budget for the project remains to be determined, and Gronn has not yet made a presentation to the city council, but he hopes to sometime in May.

The budget for such a project would depend on what exactly people want in a park.

“The simple fenced in area, we have a lot of fencing materials that we could utilize to fence off the area,” Gronn said. “If we were looking into obstacles, then I will have to look for funding sources or request funding.”

Another topic the department needs input on is what the usage policies would be.

“What kind of rules would people like to see?” Gronn said. “I’ve been looking at other departments in the state as far as what they’re utilizing. We want to have community involvement on that as well.”

Gronn believes a park would be a good use for the area at East Addition, the area is underutilized, and there appears to be lots of public support so far.

Anyone who wants to give input on the park can contact Gronn at cgronn@city.kodiak.ak.us or 486-8670.

“When we do the project, we want to make sure it’s what the community members want to see,” Gronn said.

Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact her at 486-3227 ext. 627.

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