Planned dog park gets a paw up

Efforts are underway for the much-anticipated dog park for St. Charles Parish.

The Council is expected to introduce a contract for engineering services at its Aug. 28 meeting said parish spokesman Tristan Babin. Once the plan is done, it will be submitted to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Tauzin Consultants also is seeking external funding for the project.

Babin added the administration plans to allocate money in the 2018 budget for a dog park.

Animal Control Supervisor Jena Troxler said the project, estimated to cost $350,000 to $400,000, will require drainage and equipment.

“It will be a great resource for our community,” Troxler said. “At this point, we have over 400 volunteers. It will definitely be highly trafficked.”

The parish doesn’t have a resource for dogs, she said. Animals are not allowed in Bridge Park so many people with dogs use the levee to walk them.

Troxler said they’ve been raising money for the park by holding “Paw-ties” at $50 each, as well as the St. Charles Humane Society accepting donations.

The 1-1/2 to 2-acre site proposed for the park is adjacent the animal shelter at 921 Rue La Cannes Drive in Luling, she said.

“Ideally, with it being adjacent to the shelter, we can have an employee there during the day to assist with behavior and to facilitate the park running smoothly,” she said.

Troxler said, she along with fellow parish officials, toured other dog parks to identify features. The parish’s park may have motion-activated fire hydrants, as well as shade and water features.

When Larry Cochran ran for parish president he asked the public for its wish list and  the dog park was a popular item.

 

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