Lee’s Summit builds second dog park

rpulley@lsjournal.comSeptember 27, 2013 

Lee’s Summit’s parks department is ready to build the city’s second dog park.

Gary Welty, superintendent of park construction, said the city recently approved the development plan for another fenced spot where dogs can run off-leash and play with other pups.

The park will be on Victoria Drive just off Douglas Street.

The next immediate step is completing survey work for layout and grading of the park, then construction can start, he said.

Construction is to be completed in March for a spring opening in 2014.

The project cost is about $250,000, with a lot of the work done in-house.

Land for the seven-acre park was donated by Polytainers Inc. and by UtiliCorp United Inc. (now known as Aquila, Inc.), said Tom Lovell, parks administrator.

Having a second dog park also allows the department to rotate closings of the parks for maintenance.

Parks officials expect the second park will be popular, the first gets frequent use.

The number of visitors, based on spot counts, at Happy Tails Dog Park is between 200 and 300 daily.

“There is just a lot folks using the (dog) park,” Lovell said.

The schedule is for construction to be complete in March for a spring opening in 2014.

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