Parkland has moved a step closer to having a dog park. Dogs are not allowed currently in the city’s existing parks.
City officials voted 4-1 to award the contract to JMW Construction Corporation, a company which has previously done work for the cities of Lauderhill, Delray Beach and Dania Beach as well as the Palm Beach County School Board. Construction is expected to be completed in four months.
The cost of the project is $361,995, but the money will not come out of the city’s coffers. Toll Brothers, who took over WCI Communities Inc. and is now building in Parkland Golf and Country Club, will bear the entire cost of construction of the facility that will come up adjacent to Liberty Park on Ranch Road. The park will be open from dawn to dusk.
The annual operating cost of the facility is $20,000, but the city is hopeful of getting sponsors so that it will not have to spend any money on the facility, Mayor Michael Udine said. “We are looking heard from people who want to try and get sponsorships. Companies like PetSmart and veterinarians are interested.”
Udine also referred to comments from a section of residents who didn’t want the city to spend any money at all on the facility. “If we said we are building another park, people would support it. This is another park, one that will be dog friendly.”
The facility is expected to have separate areas for large and small dogs, gazebos for dog owners, water fountains, a dog wash station and play equipment for dogs like an agility walk, hound hoops, adjustable tire jump and flexible weave posts.
The discussion on the issue provided some interesting moments when Vice Mayor Dave Rosenof, who said the dog park would be a wonderful addition to the city, spoke against using the money donated by a developer for constructing the facility. Commissioner Jared Moskowitz, who had played a key role in Toll Brothers agreeing to donate the money, wasn’t pleased with the opposition.
“Toll Brothers gave the money for a specific purpose,” Moskowitz said. “Let us give the money back then and not fund this project. To vote against a free project is ridiculous.”
When his turn came to vote on the awarding the contract, Rosneof said, “Ridiculously no.”
Neighboring cites Coral Springs and Tamarac already have dog parks. The Dr. Steven G. Paul Dog Park in the Coral Springs Sportsplex, built in the mid 90s, was one of the first ones in South Florida and attracts dog lovers from surrounding cities as well.
To sponsor the dog park, call Scott Davidoff, Community Services director, at 954-757-4126 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about rhe facility, email Brian Archer, Development Services director, at email@example.com or call 954-757-4153.