Rainier Parks Committee explores dog park and putting green | Local company

RAINIER – The Rainier Parks Committee discussed on Tuesday the potential location of new parks and how to prevent potential damage before agreeing to a consultant to come and give the new committee an overview of what it takes to plan and create a new green space.

The committee used a community survey to shortlist three projects: a dog park on C Street, a Fox Creek park, and putting or mini-golf greens.

Committee member Terry Deaton said she was concerned about how the city might protect its parks from vandalism, camping, trash and drug use, especially if the city starts spending money on new parks and park improvements.

City administrator Scott Jorgensen and director of public works Sue Lawrence said there are orders in place to allow police to take action, and public works staff are moving quickly to clean up anything that happens.

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The first item on the committee’s list of potential projects was the development of a dog park at the end of C.

Jorgensen said there was a demand from dog owners and people who didn’t want dogs to use the current Riverfront Park so much. Jorgensen said a dedicated park would help reduce “frequent conflicts in small towns” over use of the park.

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The biggest hurdle for the dog park is the need for more parking, Jorgensen said, and enough fencing and amenities for humans, such as benches.

Lawrence said maintenance of the park would depend on how much area the city chooses to put in, but would also likely include mowing, pet waste stations, and cleaning up trash and garbage.

Fox Creek Park

A park at Fox Creek to add to the existing trail featured prominently in the survey results, Jorgensen said, because “people love the trails.”

A network of interconnected trails could be a goal, he said, but Fox Creek Park facilities could be a challenge due to periodic flooding.

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“We’re not going to want to do anything fancy or expensive,” he said.

Lawrence said parks with picnic tables or equipment meant to attract large groups should also include a plan for bathrooms, noting that a port-a-potty may not be the way to go. better option and that it can be expensive to build full bathrooms, which can then be vandalized.

For example, the toilets at the current municipal park are closed again due to vandalism, she said.

“What options do you want in each park versus the others? She asked the committee.

The golf greens

In the investigation’s “biggest surprise,” Jorgensen said many people wanted a place to practice putting.

“I like the idea, and it seems pretty low-maintenance, but where do you put it?” In the current park? he said.

Lawrence suggested placing small putting areas in several locations around town for more variety, as long as they are designed to be low-maintenance.

“You want this to be changeable so that people don’t do it once and then never do it again,” she said.

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Before any work took place, Lawrence suggested creating a new parks master plan to make sure all the goals line up and the work is achievable. The current parks master plan dates from the late 1990s, she said, and has not been updated since the completion of Riverfront Park in the fall of 2002.

“It is very important to do this before taking these steps,” she said, adding that having a master plan on hand is helpful when applying for project grants.

“You want to paint the road map,” she said.

City council member Levi Richardson, who is also on the parks committee, said it would help “to have a bigger plan so that we don’t just pick random things that don’t line up” .

Lawrence said she would try to bring in a consultant for the next meeting, which will be on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.