Snow Mountain Ranch plans to add dog park |

Snow Mountain Ranch plans to add dog park

Lance Maggart

The YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch facility in Grand County is a massive complex, encompassing over 5,000 acres of land in the beautiful high Rockies and offering recreational opportunities throughout the year from cross-country skiing in the winter to hiking, biking and canoeing in the summer.

The Snow Mountain Ranch complex also offers an indoor pool, climbing wall, ice-skating and much more. This summer the facility will add another amenity to their long list options with the construction of a new dog park. Kristen Stronz, Brand Manager for YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch, said the new dog park is scheduled to open on Saturday, July 16.

The new Dog Park at Snow Mountain Ranch will be across the street from the summer tubing hill and will be available for YMCA members, guests of the facility and anyone with a day pass. The dog park will not be open to the general public.

The park will cover about three acres and be divided into two separate sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Additionally the park will have a water source for dogs, though Stronz was uncertain as to what the water source would be.

An Innovative Readiness Training team will conduct the construction on the new dog park at Snow Mountain Ranch. Innovative Readiness Training is a program within the US Department of Defense (DOD) wherein military members volunteer for training opportunities. The training opportunities often take the form of civil/military projects.

The DOD’s Innovative Readiness Training program web site states the program, “provides training and readiness for military personnel while addressing the needs of underserved American communities. Through this program military units refine their engineering, health care, diving and transportation skills by performing services and developing projects.”

Construction of the park is being funded through donations made to the YMCA of the Rockies. The donations used for the project were not donated to Snow Mountain Ranch specifically for a dog park but rather come from the larger pool of donated funds the YMCA of the Rockies receives from contributing citizens.

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