Minneapolis Park Board OKs $191K for off-leash dog park

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  • Updated: November 8, 2012 - 7:53 PM
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holstjNov. 8, 1211:19 PM

Eh, pocket change.. unless you live in Mpls and think there might be better uses for the money such as water fountains.

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mtrumanNov. 9, 12 6:28 AM

Doesn't equate to 3 police officers or fireman?

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FergusonLernerNov. 9, 12 7:09 AM

$215,000 to put up a fence so that dogs can run without a leash? Seriously? Wood chips vs. crushed granite? I have a dog and I don't support this expense. Come on Minneapolis; you can do better.

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oldvinnieNov. 9, 12 7:18 AM

You got to be kidding! The cost has doubled once. Any bets on it doubling again.

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dtmonkeyboyNov. 9, 12 7:40 AM

Seriously people before you comment, understand what you are talking about. The Minneapolis Park board is separate from the city council and has been for over 100 years. Park money can not be used to hire city police or fire employees. Park board funds can only be spent on Parks.

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dtmonkeyboyNov. 9, 12 7:45 AM

I worked on three private non-profit dog parks. They used not government money (donations). The cost for each park was about $150,000 and they are basic. Adding lighting or a shade shelter, running water and benches would have increased the costs by more than $50,000. I don't think the average citizen understands how expensive commercial garde products are.

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fooledmeonceNov. 9, 12 8:34 AM

you mean there are also no dog shampoo and grooming buildings at these parks, shouldn't there be a free program for shots and spay and nuetering so the less fortunate can care for their animals properly

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revrurikNov. 9, 1210:13 AM

Bravo to the Park Board! While it's a shame that they weren't able to utilize the (rarely used) space at MLK park on Nicollet, this is good progress. The cost is basically 'chump change' and dog parks unequivocally make a neighborhood safer, since there are added lights and much more activity to prevent crime.

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viktorvaughnNov. 9, 1210:36 AM

Eh, pocket change.. unless you live in Mpls and think there might be better uses for the money such as water fountains.

The water fountains were commissioned as functional public art. The few built are iconic and beautiful and will be with us for a long time. Please name one great city that doesn't invest in public art.

Doesn't equate to 3 police officers or fireman?

Aside from confusing city and park board budgets, you're also confusing one-time capital investments and operating expenses. What, are you going to fire the new police after one year?

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JestmanNov. 9, 1211:46 AM

anything for the southside.. while us northsiders hold steady to our guns to defend ourselves. Of course it HAS to be crushed granite... yeah like pond pebbles couldn't have sufficed.

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