NEW ULM The New Ulm Park and Recreation Commission is looking at South German Park as an ideal location for the planned city dog park, with Highland Park as a preferred alternate site.
The two locations were picked Monday at the Commission's meeting at City Hall from a list of 10 potential sites. The two locations were selected because advocates for the dog park preferred those sites. Supporters of the park plan to pay for the park's establishment through fundraising.
South German Park was selected for its remoteness while having access to some facilities, like a seasonal restroom near the BMX track. Some advocates also said they prefer the location because it provides an uphill incline for exercising dogs.
Highland Park was also considered as a possible location. It has some advantages, such available port-a-potties and close proximity to walking areas. The Commission's concern was that use of Highland Park could lead to traffic overflow when soccer games were held in the area. Advocates said that traffic would be a minimal problem because only a few people would use the dog park at any one time.
The suggested sites will go before the New Ulm City Council for approval. During the presentation, the City will also have final estimates on the expected cost of installing a fence and the optional cost of installing a street light nearby.
(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)