The dog park renovation at Fisher Drive Park is nearing completion, with the new facility anticipated to be open to the public by the beginning of September.
City recreation director Jonathan Allen gave an update on the facility, which is being referred to as the Go Bark Park.
In June, then-Public Works director Jeff Vreugdenhil proposed the establishment of the municipal dog park at Fisher Drive Park, located just off the downtown. The proposal included the demolition of existing fencing and the installation of new fencing, stone walls, trees, a sign, pet waste stations and an entryway that includes a concrete landing.
That landing gives dog owners the opportunity to go into a confined area as they take their dog off the leash. There are two decorated hydrants at the entryway — one bigger than the other — to indicate the enclosure for big dogs and the one for small dogs (typically less than 25 pounds).
Last month, S&W Ready Mix Concrete provided cement and Tyn-Co Services Inc. of Fayetteville Highway, Dunn, provided labor to finish foundations for future benches and the landing area. Sod was placed and landscaping done to implement green space where bleachers once stood. Public Works has also constructed one bench utilizing some leftover materials from other city revitalization projects.
There will also be some trees and water features inside the park and some trees along the street. Features come at no cost to the taxpayers, but from private donations.
Allen said he did not want to disclose a great deal about the park’s new sign during a briefing to City Council members earlier this week.
“I will not share a lot because I want you to be surprised,” he told them. “I do think you’re really going to like it. We do anticipate opening that to the public Sept. 1.”
Reached later, Allen said while the park may be opened to the public by Sept. 1, it could serve more as a “soft opening.” An opening ceremony may be held at a later date.
“We’ll know pretty soon. We just want to make sure everything is ready,” Allen remarked.
He said there should be no delays with getting the sign, which he did say would incorporate the Go Automotive logo due to the dealership’s owner Steve Stefanovich making a donation to the endeavor. That was done when the Clinton business was still in operation, Allen said. The dealership ultimately sold to Deacon Jones, with a Wilmington Go location still open.
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