Nine students of Patsy Brock's Project Explore class at Webster City Middle School met with the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission late Thursday afternoon. The students presented information about a proposed dog park in the community after a project they have been working. There are dog parks located in Boone, Marshalltown, Washington, Ames, Iowa City and in Webster County at both Brushy Creek and Dolliver Parks. The students stated the need for sponsors to pay for the costs of maintaining the park. The rules would include keeping the dog park clean, sharing the park with others, respect the rights of others and the use of bags to clean the dog's waste. There would be no aggressive and sick dogs allowed, and no food allowed. The park would feature a bench, fire hydrant, barrels, a ramp, poles for training and more. A fact shared with those attending the meeting is that there are 1,000 dogs in Webster City with the idea of such a park a good idea. Parks and Recreation director Kent Harfst asked Brock and her students to come back again in the spring to present more information and to help find a location for the proposed dog park.
In one other matter, the commission met with Ken Moore on the proposed mini BMX course in East Twin Parks. The course would help provide fun, challenges, physical activities and a place to enjoy at no cost. The BMX course would be located adjacent to the Skateboard Park. The course would have approximately 30 yards of dirt delivered to the park. Volunteers will provide the shovels and other tools to develop the BMX course. Moore is hopeful the BMX project can get started this spring. The Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss the proposed BMX course again next month. Between now and the next meeting, Kent Harfst will meet with city manager Ed Sadler on the park and to look at insurance costs.