Dog park to be constructed in Noblesville

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The area for the proposed dog park. (Photo by Sadie Hunter)

The area for the proposed dog park. (Photo by Sadie Hunter)

By Anna Skinner

Officially announced in September, Noblesville will be constructing a dog park sometime within the next year in the former Firestone Industrial Products property on Pleasant Street, next to Noblesville Baptist Church at 1338 E. Pleasant St.

The name for the dog park has not been chosen, and Noblesville Parks and Recreation is still in the process of receiving funding for construction of the park.

“A dog park is an amenity that many people have been asking for for a long time,” said Brandon Bennett, director of Noblesville Parks and Recreation.

As the first dog park in Noblesville, three separate runs will be built on six acres, which Bennett said will create an ease to maintenance of the property and park cleanliness since most dog parks only have two runs. Two runs will always remain open while one will be closed to refurbish.

“We are looking at utilizing some of the old Firestone property, so it’s a great reuse for that space for the community,” he said.

There are some dollars available for funding, yet Bennett said there is still a fair amount that needs to be raised.

Designs have been done for the park, with the change of it being built in the next six to eight months.

Bennett said Noblesville Parks and Recreation has been working with Bethel Church to see if they can partner with the parking.

“We are really more in the design development stage which takes it to the next level right before we do construction documents,” Bennett said.

A shelter, restrooms, parking lot and fencing will also be constructed within and around the park.

Bennett describes the area as “shaded”, and says there are a lot of advantages to this particular property.

The proposal has not been presented to the Noblesville Common Council yet, but Bennett says once the process is further along, it will be the next step.

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