Plans have been delayed by rain, but Nixa canine owners should have a place to take their pets for an outing before the end of 2019.
Nixa Director of Parks and Recreation Matt Crouse gave updates on improvement plans for the Nixa park system to the Nixa City Council on June 10 and to Nixa Chamber of Commerce members June 11. During both discussions, Crouse offered some insight into plans for an off-leash dog park.
“We hope to have that up later this year. We really hoped to have it up now, but it’s been so wet this spring that we’re a little behind,” Crouse said.
The city is currently bidding out the parking lot portion of the dog park project.
The park carries a total price tag of $60,000 and will span about four acres of land near the intersection of Norton Road and Rosedale Road in southern Nixa.
The dog park in Nixa will be similar to Cruse Dog Park in Springfield, which is an off-leash dog park with a fence surrounding six acres of land. It offers dogs a chance to run, play and socialize with other dogs.
The Springfield park requires pet owners register their dogs, but day passes are available for those passing through town or wishing to try out the park before purchasing a membership. Pets must also be vaccinated for rabies, parvo, distemper and bordetella. In 2016, Crouse proposed a membership fee of $20 per dog to the Nixa City Council.
The Nixa City Council allocated $71,300 for dog park dirt work and construction in the city’s 2019 operating budget.
In August 2018, Nixa received a grant in the amount of $9,604 for the purchase of picnic tables and benches for the dog park from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The city matched the grant with $6,017.