Fort Scott to soon be home to dog park

Fort Scott to soon be home to dog park
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Gunn Park has something for every outdoor enthusiast. And soon, a corner of it will be:

“Where we take the dogs in, let ’em go, and let ’em run,” said Jim Scott.

He and his wife Martha were inspired to create a dog park for Fort Scott when they happened across one out-of-state.

So they devised a plan, and in April, received approval from the city to build an enclosure right here.

“Just a great addition to Gunn Park.”

The park will span about 200 feet along the trees and another 100 feet across. It will have two sections, one for small dogs, one for large dogs, and it will also have benches.

“It’s a good excuse to get out with your dogs, with your animals and just kind of relax.”

The Scotts believe the park will benefit the dogs and offer the city another place to socialize.

“I think people will be shocked at the attendance out here. I would not be surprised to see days when 20, 30, 40 people at a time will be having their dogs running loose, just being free.”

“I think they’ll just enjoy the community spirit of being able to get out with their neighbors and their friends and their family and brings their kids,” said Deb Anderson.

Another draw: the name.

“Bark in the Park. So people will know to go to the Bark in the Park to meet,” said Scott.

The Scotts, as well as volunteer Deb Anderson, are currently reviewing fence options, as well as raising funds to bring the park to life.

“The neatest thing about this project is that there is not going to be any city funds or county funds. This is all volunteer money.”

Scott says they began the project with about $2000. They are aiming to raise $3000 more to get the park up and running.