Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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March 14, 2014

Dog park and firefighters' training get dollars

Two persons asked the Batesville City Council for Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funding March 10. After the votes, one left more satisfied than the other.

A temporary dog park was trialed at Liberty Park east of the tennis courts last summer. A fund to collect dollars to construct and maintain a permanent park was established by the council last month and a committee has been formed.

Committee representative Lisa Kappes made asked for funding for three projects totaling $11,000.

“Our first request is to get the major drainage issue fixed in the area,” estimated to cost $1,990 in a bid by Schuman Excavating, Brookville. “Last year, there were times almost the entire dog park was under water.”

A permanent entrance is another need. An estimate by Red Forge Inc., Batesville, came in at $8,632. She explained suggestions were made to have more than one gate, so dogs could not accidentally escape. “The main entrance gate will have an arched decorative top, and then the area you enter will be 12 by 14 feet. Inside this area there will be two more gate areas, one for the small dog entrance, and one for the large dog entrance .... All gates and fencing will be 5 feet high, to match the chain link fence height.”

“We would like to make this area the focal point of the new park, and be able to use it not only this year with the temporary fencing, but also after funds are raised to install a permanent chain link fence .... This area will be made with very solid metal gates and fencing and look very nice as you enter ... Chain link fencing and gates could be used, but would not look as attractive or hold up nearly as well as the metal fencing.”

The final $378 request would be used as seed money for getting the word out about efforts being made to install a permanent dog park and help raise money. One idea is an owners-and-dogs walk in the fall. “We are also applying for a grant through the Ripley County Community Foundation, and will also be looking into other grant opportunities,” Kappes promised.

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