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New city dog park to open Friday

City Recreation Manager Cindi Danke's dog, Chrewie, enjoys the city's new dog park, which includes space for large and for small dogs. 1 / 2
Cindi Danke, recreation manager and Keri Schreiner, economic development specialist, are shown at the city's new dog park, set to officially open Friday. From left are: Danke, Shreiner, and in front is Danke's dog, Chewie. Photos courtesy of Mary Zimmermann, City Communications Manager.2 / 2

People have been asking for a dog park in River Falls for years, said Recreation Manager Cindi Danke.

"Many years," she said. "And actually, I think there was a Facebook page of 'River Falls needs a dog park' we had looked at years ago. So it's just been something that people have been asking about."

On Friday, Sept. 14 the city is officially opening to the public a dog park, located at W10225 County Highway FF. Danke said people have been excited since City Administrator Scot Simpson mentioned plans to create the dog park in his annual Year in Review / State of the City address.

The landfill site was closed in the 1970s and capped in 1993. It's inspected quarterly for health and safety, according to City Communications Manager Mary Zimmermann.

The 16-acre park includes fenced in areas for large and small dogs, picnic tables, dog waste stations, trash receptacles and a portable restroom.

Danke said benches will be added later.

The dog park will be open from dawn to dusk every day.

The park will be free for everyone until Jan. 1. After that, city residents will receive a pass when they purchase their yearly dog license(s). Nonresidents will be able to purchase a pass for $25. Those passes will be good for one year. Passes can be purchased at City Hall, 222 Lewis St., during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with proof of vaccination.

Dogs using the park must be licensed.

Other dog park rules include:

• Dogs must be leashed before entering and exiting the park.

• Owners must be in control of dog(s) at all times and are liable for damage and/or injury inflicted by their dog(s).

• All dogs must be licensed and vaccinated.

• Dogs in heat are not allowed.

• Owners must clean up after their dogs using plastic bags and provided trash receptacles.

• Dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior must be leashed and removed from the park immediately.

• Alcohol and glass containers are not allowed in the park.

• Children under 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult and should be educated about safe behavior around dogs (no running, screaming, food, etc.).

• The park is not staffed or supervised. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

For more information on the dog park, visit: http://rfcity.org/dogpark.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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