Bark Park planning underway for Granby |

Bark Park planning underway for Granby

The Granby area may soon offer recreational amenities specifically for dogs and dog owners.

Earlier in August the Granby Board of Trustees heard a brief presentation on a proposed “Bark Park” for the Granby area. Lisa Jonas, President of Grand County Pet Palls, and Mary Ann Kersteins with Grand County Animal Control (GCAC) gave the presentation to the Board.

“We are just here to let you know how passionate we are about having this dog park,” said Pet Palls President Jonas. “We think all the benefits are not just for residents, but also for people passing through.”

Jonas informed the Board no specific site has been identified for construction of the Bark Park and the project is in the development stage. Kersteins, with GCAC echoed, her sentiments saying, “We just wanted to be here to show you how excited we are.”

While no specific plan has been formalized the tentative idea is to create a dog park somewhere within the larger Granby Trails area, the property formerly known as Shorefox, located north of US Highway 34 and Granby proper. Granby Mayor Paul Chavoustie cautioned against concrete action at this time, suggesting movement on the project wait for action from potential land parcel developers within Granby Trails.

“We need to hold off until we know what parcels developers will buy,” Chavoustie said. “The developers may chip in money for the bark park. We will have to wait until that is essentially under contract, or sold, then we will know what parcels are available.”

Pet Pals President Jonas informed the Board that Pet Pals has purchased a donation tube, seeking donations to support the construction of a dog park, which has been placed at the parking lot for Granby Trails. Jonas went on to inform the Board Pet Pals has no plans to create a temporary dog park for the remainder of the year. “We want to make sure we are thoughtfully researching,” Jonas said.

Granby Trustee Paul Robertson expressed his support for the idea but highlighted the importance of proper regulation of such dog parks. “I moved here from Indianapolis,” Robertson said. “Dog parks are huge there. One thing that is universal, although only occasionally, is enforcement; bad dogs, to put it bluntly. Someone really has to have that dialed in.”

The Board took no formal action on the bark park update.

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