Council splits, approves dog park irrigation funds

In a divided 5-2 vote, the Keizer City Council Tuesday approved spending $19,000 in park improvement funds for improvements at the dog park at Keizer Rapids Park. The improvements will include adding an underground irrigation system inside the fenced dog park as well as turf improvements and decomposed granite near the main entrance. The vote came on the heels of a recommendation by the city staff and unanimous approval from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Councilors Cathy Clark and Dave McKane voted no on the final vote, each citing concerns about long-term maintenance of the dog park.  The dog park has come under criticism recently for its lack of water for irrigation, patches of dirt and dust; the improvements are to address those issues. Clark said she was getting hung up on the materials. “Grass is high maintenance,” she said.  “The grassy part of the park would the more expensive part of the park to maintain.”She asked Public Works Director Rob Kissler what other cities have done to sustain a dog park at a lower cost. Kissler reported that decomposed granite that would alleviate some of the wear on park would be used around the heavily trod main entrance.  He said that grass and granite is the way to go for the dog park.  “If you want a high quality dog park, it needs grass irrigation.  You want...

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