Town Council supports Carter Park compromise
BRECKENRIDGE – Following a recent presentation about a plan for Carter Park designed by a community advisory group and recommended by the majority of citizens who got involved, Breckenridge Town Council gave the go-ahead for the project to start in spring.Basically, it will create about a one-acre permanent dog park on about half of the Carter Park field and the area just south of the eastside tennis courts. The four-foot high wire mesh fence will have three or four gates for access and cost about $16,000, money that was set aside in the 2008 budget. And now, as the project moves forward, a community group will be looking to raise money for amenities such as trees and benches for the area that will be the dog park.”This probably represents more of a compromise,” said Councilmember Dave Rossi after seeing the plan the group designed. Discussions about Carter Park began more than a year ago when challenges arose from it being a multi-use area. As a result, a community group formed and created a temporary solution that worked in the winter, but not the summer when the location of the dog park moved to the sledding hill.This summer, dog owners shared concerns that dogs could get out of the temporary fencing, it wasn’t a pleasant place for them to be and because of the holes in the area some dogs were getting injured, explained Cindi Harris Krane during a public meeting about the issue in November. Following these complaints, the Town formed another advisory group that Harris Krane participated in to find a solution.Also, when Town staff looked into what else the field was being used, they didn’t feel there would be many conflicts with putting the dog park on part of the field, they said at last week’s council work session. However, it is hard to track, because often times groups using it have not reserved the field through the Town, staff continued, adding that they know of one rugby tournament that will be displaced in about a year.Lory Pounder can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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