Photo by David Rauzi
Looking west from a disc golf target basket at Grangeville Lions Park. The city council will be considering a proposal to add dog waste cleanup stations at the public facility, which may entail an ordinance change.
As of Tuesday, January 27, 2015
GRANGEVILLE – With disc golf up and running at Grangeville Lions Park, organizer Kevin Asker is hoping the public facility goes to the dogs.
At its upcoming Feb. 2 meeting, the Grangeville City Council will be discussing Asker’s proposal to install dog waste stations in the park, which Asker offered to fund half the costs of, were the project to be approved.
As dogs are currently not allowed in city parks, the proposal may also entail an ordinance change.
“People are running and walking their dogs up there,” Asker told the council at its Jan. 20 meeting, playing with and exercising their animals. “I’m a dog lover, and I want to see that continue.”
However, with that also comes animal waste left behind, and for Asker, who spearheaded the Lions Park disc golf course project, those two activities don’t combine well together.
“If you have a fresh doo-doo, and a Frisbee ends up in that, it’s not a happy moment,” he said.
Asker recommended the city install dog waste stations, essentially a signed post with a bag dispenser and a steel mesh receptacle below, at a minimum of three locations. Costs through Bow Wow Waste, he priced at between $825 for three up to $1,125 for five, of which Asker said he would pay half whatever the city would choose.
One catch in this he said would be the prohibition on dogs in city parks, and Asker said he would like to see an ordinance change to allow them just in Lions Park. With this he said would also come the need for signage to note the exception, as well as how police would handle enforcement.
Prior to this topic, Asker reviewed the completed 18-hole disc golf course project at the park, initiated in 2011 and completed the following year.
“It turned out really well,” he said, funded through $16,066 in fund-raising from Asker, Grangeville Lions Club and community donations. Since the course’s installation, Asker has monitored usage, noting it saw daily during good weather and has been used by groups, such as Forest Service smokejumpers, and individuals for recreation and as a personal fitness program.
“It’s definitely an improvement to the park,” Asker said. Final work will include waterproof containers at the course map, located on the park’s east side on the truck route, for maps and scorecards to be produced and sponsored by local businesses.
Asker complimented the city crew on their excellent work maintaining the park, and he plans to help provide grass seed and dirt to upkeep areas around the launch pads. An extra target basket and installation tool will be provided to the city, and Asker said he would donate $333 to bring the outstanding project balance to $500 for future course maintenance.