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MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) is getting closer to their move-in date for the brand new shelter. The new shelter will bring with it many new opportunities for the community and the animals of the area; including an off-leash dog park.
UPAWS held a community forum event tonight to discuss the details of the dog park. The community was invited to come and view ground plans for both the new shelter building and the 2-acre dog park, as well as ask questions and make suggestions.
Kori Tossava, UPAWS Executive Director explains, “We can do all the research we want and we can talk amongst ourselves all we want about what we think is important in a community dog park but the fact of the matter is, the community should have input. They are going to be the ones who are going to want to take their dogs there. If you have a dog and you’ve been dreaming about a dog park, we want to make sure that we listen to you. We want to make sure that your voice is heard so that when we open it up, we can say ‘look we heard what you said’, and start it off on the right foot.”
The dog park will be on 2-acres with 8-foot fencing surrounding a small dog area and a large dog area; each with their own entrance. This to help minimize issues between large breed and small breed dogs.
The park will be open 7 days a week for about 18 hours per day, though no official times have been set as of yet.
The park will also be membership based, meaning a rule agreement needs to be signed and a fee paid. Each member will get a key fob in order to access the dog park. As of now, there is no set membership fee amount and UPAWS is open to community suggestion.
If you were unable to attend the community forum tonight, UPAWS is creating an online survey so more people can provide feedback on the dog park. More information can be found here.
UPAWS will be holding monthly community forums on various topics leading up to their move into the new shelter in November.