Liberty leadership ends dog park proposal at Bennett Park

This map shows the proposed dog park in Bennett Park. Plans for the canine amenity have been suspended

LIBERTY — The proposed plan for a second dog park in Liberty has been suspended and will not be included on an upcoming Liberty City Council agenda, according to city officials.

The decision follows public input that has included opposition from neighbors of Bennett Park.

In 2018, the Liberty Parks & Recreation Foundation earmarked $20,000 from its annual fundraising campaign for a much-requested second dog park in Liberty, said Parks Director BJ Staab.

After city staff and the Liberty Parks and Recreation Board evaluated several potential sites, they solicited community input on a specific location in the northeastern section of the city.

A number of area residents attended a public meeting at Bennett Park where parks board members, staff and a City Council member explained the proposed dog park location, gathered comments and answered residents’ questions. Staff also received emails and phone calls from neighbors and citizens regarding the project.

Many who provided input were in favor of the location, Staab said.

However, in recent weeks, the plan has faced opposition from neighbors of the park. As a result, the plan was suspended.

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