St. Peters plans dog park at 370 Lakeside Park
By: Michael R. Smith
St. Peters recently unleashed plans to create a new dog park at 370 Lakeside Park. It didn’t take the city long to fetch a sponsor and it did so without having to hound various groups: the St. Peters Rotary Club 6060 rolled over to buy naming rights.
The dog park — a first forSt. Peters— will be created inside the existing Lakeside Park at Truman Boulevard and Hwy. 370.
Rotary Club President Nate Vogel said his group decided to help fund the park creation because of “residents’ requests for a dog park. We are excited to help our local community with this project.” The club will contribute $7,500 each year to the project for three years beginning in 2013.
Alderman Dave Thomas (Ward One) said, “This board is really grateful for the Rotary Club coming to us and wanting to partner with us.”
City Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Hutsler described two phases for park construction. The first phase to be completed fall 2013 will be on the “northeast side of the lake at Lakeside Park with an area for large and small dogs with typical dog park features. In phase two we’re looking at getting a water feature in there to actually get dogs into the lake.”
St. Peters has budgeted $60,000 for the first phase of the project.
The new dog park will be one of a handful in the area. St. Charles County currently has dog parks in its Broemmelsiek (off State Road DD), DuSable (St. Charles), and Quail Ridge (Wentzville) parks.
Cottleville also has a fenced-in, off-leash area at Bark Park, located within the city’s Legacy Park on Hwy. N.