May 13, 2011
At the request and urging of Councilman Tom Simplot, on Tuesday the City Council Seniors, Families and Parks Subcommittee will discuss opportunities to improve the dog park at Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the City Council Subcommittee Room, 12th floor, Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.
"I am thrilled that our collective barking, both four-legged and human, was heard and we soon will have a grassy dog park at Steele Indian School Park. I appreciate the commitment, patience and contributions from our dog park users over the past few years," said Councilman Tom Simplot, who represents the area where the park is located and is a member of the Seniors, Families and Parks Subcommittee.
Staff from the Parks and Recreation Department will recommend converting a grassy area in the park into a new, 1.3-acre large dog area. Other recommended improvements include converting the existing .63-acre small dog area to turf, including amenities such as benches, ADA access, drinking fountains and fencing. The current off-leash area is composed of decomposed granite, desert trees and shrubs.
In 2005, Simplot spearheaded an effort for an off-leash area at Steele Indian School Park and committed to raising private donations to help offset the costs. He mobilized neighbors, animal lovers and park users to help raise funds and developed a website to gather ideas and facilitate accepting donations. Almost $20,000 was received from individuals and corporate partners.
The new improvements, estimated at $80,000, will be paid for with funds from the Phoenix Parks and Preserves Initiative (PPPI).
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