By Cole Parkinson
More work at the Taber Off-Leash Dog Park is looking hopeful for 2020 and beyond, barring support from Taber town council.
The group, led by Dannelle Ulrick, was in front of the Taber Recreation Board during their June 4 meeting and requested a few more items to be added to the area.
“Just here to request the rec board and Town of Taber council consider putting the Taber Off-Leash Dog Park in their upcoming budget. And if by chance there is money this year, to do some more improvements out there. It seems by far that most people are asking for some shelter and water,” said Ulrick.
The last work done out at the off-leash dog park was a replacement of the south section of the fence including a fence that divided the north from the south side.
In terms of the newest request, Ulrick is hoping to add a shelter, some landscaping and some irrigation for the area.
The additional work had been discussed by the volunteer group and quotes had been obtained before approaching the board.
“There is a quote from Pinnacle, he was just out there and gave me the quote. He said it is an easy tie in for irrigation, especially if they tie in to the new pump house at the campground. He said it would be the same amount of water going through,” explained Ulrick. “The other thing is some landscaping and again, I am simply concentrating on the second pen that we fenced. I want to go forward and get focused on that area. There is also a shelter and some seating.”
A big reason for further updates to the facility is due to the recently opened campground at the Trout Pond which will lead to a higher usage by campers, according to Ulrick.
“So, a shelter would be number one. It is $2,000 and that is from UFA here in town. It would be the easiest at this point and then after that irrigation. For irrigation, you are looking at about $5,000 and up,” continued Ulrick.
The rec board questioned how much of this proposed work the group would want to be done in 2020.
“Honestly, it would nice to just even see the shelter because that’s the smallest ask for $2,000. It would be nice to see a shelter go up this year if we could find some money for that. In the future and going forward, it would be nice to see (the dog park) be included every year because it is a high use area, and you guys know that. With the Trout Pond out there and people (will) use it more if it was improved with irrigation and landscaping,” answered Ulrick.
While the group had done the vast majority of fundraising for their previous projects at the dog park, the COVID-19 pandemic had put much of their efforts on hold for the time being.
Ulrick explained the group had started to plan out their 2020 fundraising events but with the heightened risk the pandemic brought, they had to put those ideas on the back burner. But they will be moving forward with them sometime this year.
“I plan to fundraise and I contacted the M.D. prior to COVID looking for a facility to use to hold a garage sale because that was our biggest success last time.”
A motion to accept the presentation as information and to bring this issue forward to Taber town council in the near future was carried.