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‘Pet potio’ saves building’s lawn in Dillon

Kathryn Turner
summit daily news

The new 'pet potio' next to Anchorage on the Lake in Dillon.

Residents over at Anchorage on The Lake in Dillon now have a solution to those pesky poop spots that tend to invade Summit County’s front lawns: the “pet potio.”

The idea came about as the condo was getting ready to redo its landscaping, which resident Gwyn Ellis, who helped with the new design, admitted wasn’t pretty. The lawn was muddy, and marked numerous times over by local dogs.

The goal going into the redesign was to make the landscaping easy to maintain, and to discourage dogs, a feat that was achieved by building in rock borders along the walkways.

But, there was still the matter of making sure the lawn stayed clean. So Ellis targeted an unused and overgrown area to the side of the building – which she and husband Bill Ellis, the vice president of the condo association, found out belonged to Anchorage on the Lake – and transformed it into what she dubbed the “pet potio.” The area was cleaned out, and grass, a walkway and even a bench – for owners to relax on – were added. Greeting users, there’s a sign pointing to the area, along with bags and a pooper scooper. The only addition yet to be made is something for the male dogs to pee on, Bill Ellis said.

In the week the new potio has been finished, the couple – who have two dogs themselves – has already seen some canine users, and the front lawn has remained untouched.

Hopefully, more people will see this and bring their dogs to the potio, Bill Ellis said. It’s open to neighbors and anyone passing by, not just the residents of the building’s 12 condos.

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There are so many dogs in Summit County, that Bill Ellis is sure other people have the same problems Anchorage on The Lake had before – the couple hopes the new potio will serve as an inspiration to other condo associations.