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Dog Park readies for a new season

Annual registrations due now

April 19, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

It's time to renew registrations at one of Marshalltown's most popular venues for man's best friend - the Dog Park.

The 4.5 acre, leash-free park is located in the far east end of Riverview Park.

"We urge all registration holders of last season to renew now," said Nancy Earney, Dog Park committee member. "And we strongly encourage those who are new to the community to stop at the Parks and Recreation office and sign up."

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Kent Guthrie of Marshalltown is shown ready to throw a flying disc to pet Harley, a Newfoundland-breed dog Wednesday morning at Marshalltown’s Dog Park. Guthrie said he brings Harley several days a week to the park at far east end of Riverview Park.

Earney also addressed another group of patrons.

"Frequent day pass purchasers may want to take a look at buying an annual registration," she said. "And we appreciate the support of day pass users be it once or many times."

Approaching its second anniversary, the park is managed by Parks and Recreation department staff. However, no staff are assigned specifically during operational hours - dawn to dusk.

Fact Box

Dog Park Rules and Fees

- Each dog must have park identification tag or day pass.

- Neutered/spayed dogs $20 for year.

- Others $25

- $5 discount for other dogs per family

- Day passes $2 available at park entrance.

- Each dog must be vaccinated.

- Dogs deemed vicious by city, dogs in heat, sick dogs and puppies under five months prohibited.

- Owners must remove waste.

- Children under age 9 not allowed in off-leash area.

- Park open from dawn to dusk.

- Applicants must show proof of neutering/spaying and vaccination.

- Applications and complete list of all rules available at Parks and Recreation, 10 W. State St., M-F, 8:30 - 5 p.m., 641-754-5715.

Parks and Recreation Director Terry Gray said the park has been popular since it opened and the department has a good working relationship with the Dog Park committee, made up of Marshalltown area citizens.

The committee works in partnership with Parks and Recreation and has hosted several fundraisers for improvements.

Kent Guthrie of Marshall was at the park Wednesday morning with Harley, his 120-pound New Foundland-breed dog.

"We come several times a week, weather permitting," Guthrie said. "Harley likes to play with the other dogs and they get along well. The dogs quickly realize which dog is number one, two, three and so forth."

Guthrie said Harley likes company of other canines.

"He has the most fun playing with other dogs," Guthrie said. "When it is just the two of us he'll chase the Frisbee only a few times. He also likes to play with other toys."

The park offers benches, a double-gate entry for safety, shade trees and water.

The large dog grounds contain 3.5 acres and the small dog area 0.7 acres.

The park grounds are handicap accessible with free-of-charge parking.

Park rules are posted at the entrance.

"Registering your dogs each year is a great way to support the park and help pay for maintenance costs and future improvements," said Earney. "Going to the park is a great activity for one's dog and family."



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