The Bark Park is proving to be too soggy for doggies.
Brighton council approved at its recent meeting the transfer of $10,000 from reserve funds for municipal staff to fix the drainage problem at the Brighton off-leash dog park.
“Although there were some wet areas present within the park before the opening, it was minimal and manageable,” staff said in its report.
“This spring saw a large amount of rain and snow melt happen which greatly affected this piece of land and it is very clear that it does not drain very well at all.”
Staff had to close the dog park in late March as the standing water and muddy conditions made it a muddy, unsafe area.
The proposed plan to address the problem includes the installation of subdrain, the filling of low areas, and some minor regrading of the site. “Effort will be made to minimize the amount of disturbance of remaining site vegetation, but significant restoration with topsoil and seed, and therefore an extended closure of the park, may be required to allow revegetation,” the report stated.
The work is estimated to be $7,500 to $10,000, depending on how much of the work can be done in house and/or contracted out, staff said.
The Bark Park opened in June 2020. Located just east of town on the north side of County Road 64, the park is 200-by-100 feet and encompasses a green space with two separate fenced-in areas. There is a compound for small dogs and a separate fenced-in area for bigger dogs.
It is located on property owned by GFL Environmental Inc., which offered part of its land for the park.
Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News