Talent dog park plan moves forward

Talent's City Council has approved a Parks Commission recommendation to locate a dog park on land just north of the police station at 604 Talent Ave. Planning commissioners still must hold a public hearing and approve use of the site for the park.

"The land use application has to be approved first," said City Manager Jay Henry. "It would be great if we got this going and completed by this summer, but I don't know that it will happen that quickly."

Planning Commissioners will probably hear the issue in March or April, said City Planner Mark Knox. Among issues they might consider could be parking, screening of the site and trash receptacles, he said.

Commissioners considered both the approved 18,200-square- foot site and a 39,600-foot area north City Hall adjacent to the railroad tracks. Either is considered a temporary because the city's master parks plan call for a larger dog park area in a 20-acre site south of Suncrest Road along Bear Creek when that is developed.

— Tony Boom, for the Tidings

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