Tue. Aug 3rd, 2021

Hunter, a yellow lab, likes Hill’s Bark Park due to the fact there is a large amount of home for fetch.

“He enjoys it above below,” claimed Darian Weich, Hunter’s operator. “Our backyard is quite modest so it is excellent to get him out and run.”

She had no major complaints about the pet park, but she was hoping to see improvements to the drinking water bowl spot. Weich reported the plastic bowls are knocked down and build muddy parts.

Darian Weich and Hunter the yellow lab both like Hill's Bark Park at Gage Park because of the room for fetch.

Weich’s hope for a much less-muddy park could shortly be truth immediately after a $175,000 donation from Hill’s Pet Nourishment will double the sizing of the bark park and fund other enhancements.

The large doggy portion will grow into the ball field whilst the little pet segment will develop into the latest massive dog segment. Two independent parking lots, up to date entryways, changing “most, if not all” of the fencing, LED lights, additional shade buildings in the huge pet section, function on the turf to avert muddy spots and new facilities are also coming to the park.

“It’s no exciting when you demonstrate up there and your pet dog has to stroll by means of the mud,” stated Tim Laurent, director of the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Division.

Morgan Patrick and Conner Barnes brought their dogs Thursday to the Bark Park at Gage Park.

He mentioned the complete scope of new facilities is nonetheless remaining decided, and everyone with suggestions can e-mail futureparks@snco.us.

Eden Johnson welcomed an growth of the doggy park due to the fact it is “a magnet” that draws in persons from all about the state. She mentioned cross place tourists are looking for bark parks so their dogs extend their legs.

“Individuals arrive here two to 4 moments a working day,” Johnson explained. “We survived the (pandemic) due to the fact of this social circle.”

Larry Thrash's dog, G, stares into The Topeka Capital-Journal's camera Thursday afternoon while enjoying the shade at the Bark Park at Gage Park.

The $175,000 donation was introduced to the Parks for All Foundation at Thursday’s Shawnee County Fee assembly. At that meeting, the commissioners voted 2- to authorize a 10-yr naming agreement to alter the name to Hill’s Bark Park at Gage Park.

Shawnee County commissioners Aaron Mays was attending the 2021 Kansas County Commissioners Affiliation Annual Convention and was not at the meeting.

Freyjah, a husky owned by Morgan Patrick and Conner Barnes, runs freely around the large dog area Thursday at the Bark Park at Gage Park.

The park could be temporarily closed whilst the fence is currently being replaced, but it is way too early to establish if that will happen. The section will test to accommodate people today as finest it can while get the job done can take location, explained the department’s communications and general public data director Mike McLaughlin.

Advancements to Hill’s Bark Park could be a crucial characteristic in the Gage Park Master Prepare. The office is continue to producing the plan and will ask for public feedback as soon as it is total, Laurent mentioned.

“We come to feel comfy about what we are undertaking right now,” he mentioned.

Evert Nelson contributed to this story.