Seaside gives green light to dog park

City map indicates area of proposed dog park.

A new dog park is coming to Seaside.

The Seaside’s Parks and Recreation Committee request for the conditional approval of the city’s first dog park was granted Monday evening at the City Council meeting. The park will be located in an “underutilized area” at the north end of the Broadway Middle School parking lot.

“It will dress up that part of town,” said Public Works Director Dale McDowell in his summary of the project to council members.

The Planning Commission conditionally approved the plans at a meeting earlier this month. In their decision, it okayed a park to provide a central located fenced-off area where the public can exercise their dogs on and off leash.

Utilizing mostly recycled materials, such as chain link fencing and even a nonfunctional fire hydrant as a decorative addition, the cost to the city was kept to a minimum; $780, according to McDowell.

The proposed dog park will provide a centrally located facility that can be used by residents and visitors with parking and ADA accessibility in place.

“It’s amazing that you can do this for $780,” said Councilor Randy Frank. “Once again, Seaside has set the standard.”

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