Council backs dog park at Rochester Park

Lots donated for Habitat For Humanity project
by Jeff Pederson

Dog owners will soon have a designated recreation spot for their pets in the city of Sheboygan Falls.

During a semimonthly meeting held on Tuesday, June 21, the Sheboygan Falls Common Council approved a plan to add a dog park area to Rochester Park on a trail basis.

The dog park will be situated on one acre of land located just east of the tennis courts and southeast of the baseball diamond, adjacent to the Sheboygan River.

The council approved the motion at an estimated cost of $1,500 to cover the installation of fences, signs and gates.

“This area has been staked out behind the ball diamond,” Alderwoman Anne Krauter said. “It is located in a beautiful, shaded area of the park near the water and just off a gravel trail that leads up to it.”

The Sheboygan Falls Park Board had considered various locations for a dog park, including land adjacent to the city’s landfill site off Hamann Drive, just to the west of the Odyssey Fun Center bowling alley and the Days Inn motel.

“This is something we are going to try and see how well it works,” Krauter said. “We will monitor the status of the area on a regular basis and make changes as needed.”

A temporary fence will set off the dog park area from the rest of Rochester Park.

“The plan is to put up snow fencing now and possibly go to a more permanent type of chain-link fence down the road,” Mayor Randy Meyer said.

Several community service groups, including the Sheboygan Falls Girl Scouts and Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club have pledged to assist with the project.

The council also granted Park Board President Bob Hackel permission to investigate a purchase price for 34 acres of land located on Bluebird Lane for a future park on the west side of the city.

“This is a project that the Park Board has been discussing for quite some time,” Meyer said. “We are very hopeful that we can make this into a reality and eventually have a nice park for our residents on the west side of Sheboygan Falls.”

The council also supported the donation of lots 13 and 14 in the Wild Good Run subdivision to the Sheboygan Falls School District for a Habitat For Humanity project.

Community Bank and Trust recently donated the lots to the city of Sheboygan Falls, which in turn will make them available to the Sheboygan Falls School District for two planned building construction class projects.

“This donation is to allow high school students to have the unique experience to build a single-family home from the ground up,” Krauter said. “This serves a great purpose by adding two houses to our tax base and giving these students the experience of working on a new-home construction project through Habitat For Humanity.”

The students will begin work on the first house next summer with construction on the second house slated to begin in 2013.

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