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Plans coming into focus for new dog park in north Forsyth
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Plans are coming in to focus for a new dog park in north Forsyth.

At a work session on Tuesday, Forsyth County Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve a change order with Hayes, James and Associates worth $5,700 for work on a dog park project on County Way across from the Forsyth County Animal Shelter.

Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt said the park would be about 2 acres and will be divided into six portions of different sizes. Synthetic turf for dogs and natural grass will be used at the park.

“One of the thoughts also is you might have a couple of these areas for larger dogs and a couple maybe for smaller dogs,” Merritt said.

Merritt said it is likely the park will open without many designations to let the public decide how it can best be used.

Other amenities could include a sun shade, a dog tunnel, benches, a rock for dogs to jump and play on and water fountains for both dogs and people.

One amenity not added in the original plans but discussed was a bathroom.

“There currently is no restroom facility on the site,” Merritt said. “Of course, across the street … is the animal shelter, and that’s the idea is that people would go to the animal shelter.”

District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said those contributing funding would rather it go toward uses for the animals than restrooms. Merritt said a crosswalk could be added to get visitors to the shelter.

Animal owners will be required to clean up after animals, and parks staff will periodically clean the areas.

Merritt said the project could be bid out in six to eight weeks.

The dog park was discussed last year as part of the 2018 budget at an estimated cost of $250,000.