Fifth-grade students present plans for dog park
April 16, 2013
Fifth-grade students from Adams Elementary presented their plans to build a dog park in Carroll to the Carroll Parks and Recreation Department Monday. The students explained how Carroll could benefit from a dog park and talked about the price to build a dog park and the yearly expenses to maintain the park.
Suits and ties are often seen at City Hall in Carroll, however, they're usually worn by people over the age of 12.
Fifth-grade students from Adams Elementary donned their best Monday afternoon as they presented their plans for a dog park to the Parks and Recreation Board.
The students, who have raised $2,300 in pledges and donations for the park, were well-versed as they presented a PowerPoint to the board.
The 23 presenters were Makayla Bueltel, Maddie Hacker, Demarquis Heard, Hunter Helgerson, Nantzi Huffman, Jake Johnson, Tyler Kasperbauer, Said Kokenge, Cole Ladehoff, Eric Malcom, Joe McCartan, Kassie Wuebker, Taylor McCranie, Kena Mielk, Kendra Millemon, Ashley Onken, Keian Reiter, Ben Sampson, Alexa Schroeder, Kaylee Schulte, Bennett Seivers, Lauren Snyder and Jaylynn Vesterfelt, all of whom are members of Ashlea Ahrenholtz's class.
So far, the students have researched other dog parks in Iowa, spoke to Mayor Adam Schweers about the project, planned and held a bake sale for the park and formed committees to discuss issues like fencing for the park, how to get grant money and how to write thank you letters.
They also spoke to Jack Wardell, director of Parks and Recreation; Stacy Lentsch from Region 12; and lawyer Eric Neu about the dog park project.
The students told the board they found out that a dog park could attract new residents to the city, increase house values around the park and it would give dogs more freedom.
They suggested the park be built at Northeast Park, which is located just south of Capistrano Avenue on the east side of Carroll, because the park already has trash cans and rest rooms and there is enough room for parking.
The students said a dog park wouldn't overwhelm the existing park and is already zoned.
They said there is also easy access to water lines and walking trails could easily be added to the park in the future.
Students said there would have to be some tree removal in the area but they would like to keep some tree stumps in the ground for dogs to play on.
In researching other dog parks, the students found that most of the parks used local companies to build and buy their fencing and it costs between $5,000 and $20,000 to purchase.
They also found that some of the dog parks have water fountains, all of them have benches and some of the parks charge for dogs to use them.
The parks were usually between 1 and 10 acres, several of them had courses for the dogs to run through and they all had trash cans.
The students researched dog parks in Ames, Fairfield, Davenport, Indianola, Iowa City, Mason City, Burlington, Waterloo, Ankeny and Sioux City.
They said most of the dog parks allowed dogs to run off leashes and had two areas - one for small dogs and one for large dogs.
The students then figured out pricing for a 1-acre dog park.
They thought fencing would cost about $12,000, a fountain about $9,000, dog waste trash cans $250 apiece, trash can bag refills about $196 for a case of 30, regular trash cans about $500 and benches would cost about $360.
Total budget estimate was set at $30,000.
The class will present to the City Council on Monday, April 22.
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