If you blink, you might miss it. Tonight – Wednesday, April 10 – is the first meeting of the Riverbank Dog Park Task Force. The group will meet at the City Council Chambers, 6707 Third St., in the downtown area tonight at 6 p.m.
After a two-plus year hiatus, the Riverbank Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward once again on the issue of building a facility in town for people to run their dogs.
Efforts to locate and build a dog park in town were first undertaken by a small citizen’s committee back in 2016. At the time, the most likely location for a facility was decided to be at or near the Riverbank Industrial Complex, formerly known as the Riverbank Army Ammo Plant, on Claus Road.
It seemed at the time that the transfer process, from the Army to the Local Redevelopment Authority, was getting held up. After this time off, the one-time committee is reforming.
Parks and Recreation Department Director Sue Fitzpatrick said the task force will be considering other locations, what kind of park needs to be developed for Riverbank, and, possibly most important, what level of community support can be gathered.
Other issues to be considered include the cost of the park, both in construction, and also the maintenance involved once it is built.