Plan for Loring Park dog park advances

An off-leash, dog play area in Loring Park received unanimous approval last week from a Park Board committee.

The same five-member planning committee voted against the same proposal in December. Its reversal puts the proposal on the agenda at the next Park Board meeting.

Commissioner Carol Kummer voted against the dog area last time it was before the committee because she said the committee wasn't provided with enough details of the project.

City Council Member Lisa Goodman (7th Ward), whose office has led the push to build dog parks in Downtown, gave the Park Board committee a presentation Jan. 17 before its second vote.

A nonprofit called Dog Grounds, Inc., will use donations to build the 12,000-square-foot dog area in the north corner of the park. Goodman said the $70,000 price tag is largely due to the wrought iron fence that will be used to match the park's aesthetic.