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Carter Park designation becomes more pressing as buildout nears

BEN BUCKNER
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BRECKENRIDGE ” The League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS) has been working with the town of Breckenridge to secure a safe place for dogs to play.

“We currently have over 1,000 signatures on petitions collected from local Summit County residents over the past few years that want a dog park built somewhere in town limits,” said Paul Schiff, member of the LAPS board of directors, who also noted that more than half of the signatures came from Breckenridge residents.

“The only legal area for dogs to run free within town limits is Carter Park,” Schiff said.

And while Carter Park in Breckenridge is dog-friendly, it is not a dog-specific park, and therefore could be revoked by the town at any time.

On March 13, LAPS presented the Town of Breckenridge with a donation totaling $778, money raised from their annual Dog Terra event held in March. That money included a donation from the Gold Run Nordic Center and went toward improvements at Carter Park.

Recent issues cropping up between humans and canines both trying to use the space were brought to the attention of the town council in January. A new fence was proposed to prevent dogs and sled enthusiasts from colliding. While this endeavor would work to separate dogs and sledders, it also cuts the dogs’ free-roaming area in half.

With towns around the county constantly expanding their populations, usable land will begin to disappear. “Available land is becoming more scarce so we need to push the issue now,” Schiff said. “We need to get it into the plan before it’s too late.”

The town of Breckenridge has put the issue on the backburner for now. The town has designated the needs of the new Colorado Mountain College and that of their water storage facility as their top priorities.

LAPS is far from giving up though. They have agreed to lead a fundraising campaign to help the effort. The nonprofit would like to see Breckenridge become the No. 1 location for dogs and their owners. If the park comes to fruition, it will be the first and only dog-specific park in a 75-mile radius west of Denver.

To stay updated on the dog park issue, contact LAPS at laps@colorado.net or call the Breckenridge Town Hall.


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