Idaho falls dog park
The Idaho Falls Dog Park is a new open space and dog park in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It is on West Grand Avenue, just south of the city limits, and south of the West Yellowstone Bridge in the area of the Snake River Pln's flood pln. It has been designated as a Boise City Neighborhood Improvement Zone, and as a part of the Grand Avenue Business Association. It is the second dog park in Idaho Falls.
The original park
The original park opened in 1996. It was conceived and sponsored by the dog-walker Jim Clements, who had a neighbor's dog who needed a place to play. Jim and his neighbor, Tom and Sandy Moore, were inspired to create a park when they observed that many of the parks they used to walk dogs along the river were not dog-friendly. The park opened in 1996, and was built for the purpose of providing a safer environment for dogs and their owners. In 1998, the Idaho Falls Humane Society received a grant to add a fenced-in kennel and run to the park.
The grand opening
The park opened on October 12, 2002, the day the Moore family decided they were going to move out of the area. The Moore's felt that their dog needed a new home, and they left on October 13. They left a dog kennel open so the Humane Society could continue to use the park. The Moore's also asked the Humane Society if the Humane Society could take care of the dog for the next three months. The Humane Society continued to use the park during that time, and then began the process of obtning a formal dog park. The Humane Society applied for a dog park grant from the City of Idaho Falls, was awarded the grant, and completed a design for the park. The design incorporated a water feature, a grassy area, a small exercise area, and the kennel. The park was designed to have a maximum capacity of 50 dogs at a time.
In order to provide a safe and suitable area for dogs and their owners to interact, a fence was built along the fence line of the park. The fence was approximately 10 ,ft high and had 2 ,ft spacing on the top and bottom. This prevented the public from touching the dogs or their owners, and also protected the dogs from the public. In addition, the fence provided a separate area for dogs to urinate and defecate. While the fence was in place, there were frequent problems with dogs urinating on the grass, and it was eventually decided to move the fence line 5 ,ft closer to the water feature. The fence has now been moved to 3 ,ft off the grass to keep the grass from being damaged by the dogs. Another concern with the new fence was dogs escaping through the fence and running into the park. A gate had been built in the fence, but it was not strong enough to prevent this. After some discussion about this issue, a wall was built, and is now used to keep dogs out of the park. The dogs can not get through the wall, and cannot get back through the fence.
Another concern with the park was the smell and trash. The odor from the dogs when they urinate and defecate was unpleasant for park visitors and park neighbors. Another issue was the litter left behind after the dogs urinated and defecated. Finally, this area had become a haven for homeless and undesirable individuals. A solution to this problem was found in a dog park in Colorado. One end of the park was designed to be a public space, and the other end had been transformed into a private space for the dogs to socialize. This park consisted of 3 different areas. The first, an area for dogs to drink water, a grassy area, and a tree area. In this area, the dogs were kept under guard. The second area, had also been converted into a private area for the dogs. It also had water and grassy areas for the dogs to socialize and play. The third area was designed for a place for the dogs to use. This area had a wall separating the space for the dogs from the public area. The dogs could access the public area and then had a space for themselves. In this area, the dogs were kept under guard. In 2009, the private area was moved to a new location on the corner of the park. The dogs are now on an island. It is not connected to the water feature area, and they do not access that part of the park. Another concern was that the dogs would be able to jump over the wall into the public area. This wall, which is in the middle of the park, prevents this from happening. A person in charge of the dogs, that the dogs could interact with the people, has a radio that she uses to contact the people with food and to let the people know when the dogs need to be let off the island.
Parks, including the Dog Park, are a vital part of the community. People with dogs and their children find a lot of joy in going to the park. There are also many dogs that are abandoned that find comfort in the park. Sometimes the park is not enough for all of the dogs that are there, so new people keep coming to the park.
Some of the rules in the park are as follows.
No barking, growling, or any other negative sounds.
Dogs are only to be let off the island in the areas with the grass. They are only to be let off the island when they are not being fed or trned. They may not have any toys in the park.
In the near future, the plans are for some type of play area or equipment for the dogs to use in the park. The park is a very green space, and there is a lot of grass.
A lot of people go to the park to exercise their dogs. Many people that go to the park are members of the community, and some people just go with their dog. The more that go to the park, the more that love it.
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