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Century Bark to open this spring

November 30, 2018—As preparations to open the Excelsior Springs dog park continue, Parks and Recreation also work toward building a splash park and an all-inclusive playground to the community.

Director Nate Williams said the new facilities will bring activities to the community many surrounding areas do not have.

“A town our size to have a dog park and a splash park and if we can get a nice fully inclusive playground, kind of a modern aged playground, we’d be way ahead of the game,” he said.

They plan to open Century Bark in spring, 2019, he said. Although almost complete, he said the dirt work they completed during in construction resulted in a large amount of mud at the site.

Williams said they decided to wait until the grass grows on the site to make the park a better experience for community dogs and their owners. 

Century Bark will include separate areas for large and small breed dogs, with similar amenities located in both areas. Williams said they included structures on which the dogs can play including ramps and platforms, hurdles, lily pads and tunnels. Large breed dogs will also have a double slide which Williams said they repurposed from a community playground upgrade. Both sides also include drinking bowls for the dogs and seating for their owners. 

The large breed side will include two pergolas with a third in the small breed area. Williams said the department received a grant to help purchase seating from a company that specializes in building benches from recycled tires. A drinking fountain for the owners will be available outside the gate.

Williams said preparations for a community splash park continue as well. The department applied for a $250,000 grant to help fund the project that will be constructed on the Rainbow Pool site. Although the city recently took ownership of the site, Williams said they cannot begin work due to the pending nature of the grant. Although the state approved the grant’s funding, they still await the federal approval needed to receive the funds.

“It looks like an eyesore, but that’s good for the grant because we can really show that it’s a blighted property that needs help,” he said.

They hope, he said, this splash park will draw residents from surrounding areas that do not currently have a similar facility. 

Williams said they hope to receive final word on the funds in the spring.

Also in the spring, Parks and Recreation plan to begin construction on a new playground on land located on Milwaukee Street. Community members Gary and Kim Sanson donated the land to the city which contains houses the Sansons constructed. The land behind the homes will contain a butterfly haven, mulch walking trail and updated playground equipment. 

The playground will include zip lines, climbing cables and a rope system, Williams said. They also plan to ensure the playground contains elements that can be used by everyone.

(We) want to get something that is all-inclusive. We don’t want to eliminate anybody from being able to play on it,” Williams said.

The department also plans to install musical instruments on the non-residential areas of Rainbow Trail, he said. Such instruments will include drums and chimes.

By Kimberely Blackburn • kimberely@leaderpress.com

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One Response to Century Bark to open this spring

  1. Vicki Saffo Reply

    December 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Would love to teach puppy classes for you.
    I have trained,bred,and shown Saint Bernards for over 40 years.

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