City council approves offleash dog park location
City council endorsed a plan to proceed with an offleash dog park in the East Lake Industrial Park, Feb. 21.
Archie Lang, manager of parks and public works, proposed two locations, East Lake and Nose Creek Park, as well as looking into rezoning Monklands Park in Sagewood from multifamily to public use.
Alderman Glenda Alexander was opposed to the Nose Creek Park location.
“I have a concern with the fact that these dog parks are so close to playgrounds where children are playing,” she said.
“Not all dog owners are as responsible as they should be. They could run in to the parks and scare the living daylights out of the children. I would like to see them completely away from children’s areas. In my opinion, Monklands Park and Nose Creek Park are not good locations.”
Aldermen Allan Hunter and Murray Buchanan also voted against the motion that included Monklands Park and Nose Creek Park.
The East Lake Industrial Park location is about an acre in size and is, located north of the Airdrie Food Bank.
The Nose Creek Park location would be the area currently used for parking for the Festival of Lights.
Alexander asked where residents would park to use this location.
“The parking would be in the existing parking lot on the south side by the water services building,” said Lang.
“I think we should start with the offleash area in East Lake and bring back more information about the layout if Nose Creek Park were to be used,” said Alexander.
“We should also bring back a report on the future use of the Monklands site.”
The City hosted open houses in June and October of last year to receive feedback from residents to determine what citizens would like to see in new offleash parks.
Participants were presented with seven possible locations including one in Nose Creek Park, Sagewood, King’s Heights, Morningside, Reunion, East Lake Industrial Park and Ravenswood.
The East Lake location will cost about $45,000, the Nose Creek location is estimated at $46,000 and the Monklands Park location would be about $45,000.
The money will be used for fences, benches, litter containers and some landscaping. The funds were accounted for in the City’s 2012 budget.