Zionsville officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Heritage Trail Dog Park Feb. 3, marking the formal opening of one of Zionsville’s most anticipated amenities.
The dog park, at 4050 S. 875 E., in Zionsville, opened to members Feb. 1, and the town offered 200 memberships that have all since been purchased. An additional 100 memberships will be issued soon, Zionsville Parks & Recreations Supt. Jarod Logsdon said.
After the additional memberships are issued, town officials will monitor the dog park’s hours – from dawn to dusk – to determine peak usage and make sure it is not too busy before issuing more memberships.
“Moving forward, we will be adding more memberships and creating a waiting list and a lottery system,” Logsdon said.
For more information on how to register for the waitlist for a membership to the dog park, subscribe to the town’s newsletter at lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/jqo8ls6/Zionsville.
A membership is $100 for Zionsville residents and $120 for non-residents. A membership allows dog-owners to bring up to three of their dogs, but registering a second and third dog will require a fee – $50 for each additional dog of a resident, $120 for each additional dog of a non-resident.
Currently, due to drainage issues, half of the 3.5-acre dog park is open to dogs of all sizes. The town plans to open the second half of the dog park, creating separate areas for large and small dogs, in the spring.
The dog park was the first part of what town officials said will be a two-part expansion of Heritage Trail Park. The town’s park board hopes to approve final designs of a second phase at its Feb. 10 meeting, which will add more parking, paths and more. Once the designs are approved, the parks board will bid out the project, which town officials hope will be completed this summer, the parks board’s president Tim Casady said.