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Dothan Officials Make First Move Towards Dog Park

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email
This image provided by Butte General Store and Marine shows a dog known as Blue, Wednesday May 30, 2012 in Elephant butte, N.M. (AP Photo/Butte General Store and Marine)

This image provided by Butte General Store and Marine shows a dog known as Blue, Wednesday May 30, 2012 in Elephant butte, N.M. (AP Photo/Butte General Store and Marine)

DOTHAN, AL--Just like any other day, Alison Deviney and her daughters are spending the day walking their two dogs.

"We like to travel around to different places to find places the dogs can run a little bit," said dog owner Alison Deviney.

City officials are hoping to make their quest a little easier.
Tuesday city commissioners voted to submit a pre-application form to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, for grant assistance.

"This is a pre-application so it's really just like going out so that this idea can be pursued," explained Meeker.

Meeker says the need for a dog park is very evident among citizens.

"It's something they told us loudly over the last seven years."

Deviney says the dog park will give dog owners the opportunity to mingle and share something they have in common.

"Oh it'll be fantastic there's all kinds of dog owners around here, everybody's got dogs, we all like to get out and socialize and it'll be great," added Deviney.

If everything goes as planned the park will be built here at Eastgate Park. They're also considering dividing larger dogs from smaller dogs.

"Now we will have to make that decision somewhere along the line, said Meeker.
If we get that far along somewhere probably around 40-45 pounds to see the transition to the larger dogs."

If the city is successful with the pre-application, the second step is the actual grant application.

The park is expected to have picnic tables, water fountains, dog obstacles and waste stations.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $129,000.

The city is applying for a $50,000 grant.


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