HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville spent the last month competing against other cities and towns across America to win $100,000 to establish a dog park.
Finalists of the PetSafe “Bark for your Park” were announced June 6, but Huntersville wasn’t among them.
The town did, however, receive 500 votes.
But Huntersville doggies shouldn't stop "barking" for their park just yet. A future for a dog park is not out of the question.
Having a dog park in town was one of the top five requests from the community on a list of amenities Huntersville residents would like to see from parks and recreation in the years to come, according to Superintendent Tracy Houk.
Houk said regardless of the outcome of the Bark for your Park contest, there is available land for a dog park.
“It is in the 2020 master plan to create a park in the Rosedale area,” Houk said. “We do already own the land.”
Rosedale's developer donated two properties to the town, comprised of more than 18 acres.
The proposed space is located on Gilead Road behind the Rosedale Shopping Center, just north of the old Bi-Lo grocery store and east of the Villages of Rosedale subdivision. The additional space runs north of the Rosedale apartments and south of Stone Hallow.
The Rosedale area was the first choice for a potential dog park because the Mecklenburg County Torrence Creek Greenway will extend and cut through both properties said Michael Jaycooks, parks and recreation director. Since Rosedale consists of many apartment homes, townhomes and single-family homes, the site would be suitable, dog-friendly and people-friendly location for a park.
Parks and recreation leaders expect that it will take at least four to five years to come up with the appropriate amount of money to implement a dog park.
“Nothing is set in stone,” Jaycocks said. “How big the dog park is depends on what we would need to add.”
Jaycocks also says there is not yet an exact amount of money required for the dog park, considering it would require fencing and an additional restroom in the future.