It was announced at Monday night’s Chariton’s City Council meeting that Chariton’s much awaited and first ever Dog Park will be opening this Saturday, July 6. Franklin Park in western Chariton is the location for the Dog Park.

A Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the Dog Park will be held at Franklin Park this Saturday at 10 a.m. The Chariton Dog Park Committee, which is the group that created and carried through the Dog Park Initiative, invites the public to the Grand Opening.

Jena Wiley and MaryAnne Morgan of the Dog Park Committee were at Monday night’s city council meeting. Wiley said that the fencing for the park is done and that the Committee is excited about the park opening. She also said that a display case for information and two trash cans with dog bags will be put in place this week.

Wiley and Morgan invited the city council to the Grand Opening on Saturday.

The Dog Park will be for dogs only, no other kinds of animals will be allowed. There will be an area designated for larger dogs and an area for smaller dogs and there will be signage up for each area. The park will be open from dawn to dusk each day and it will have free admission.

It was stated that dog owners who reside in Chariton that use the park will have to register their dogs with the City of Chariton. All park users both from in town and out of town and out of state will have to be able to show proper vaccination for their dogs.

Since the Dog Park Committee and the Chariton Police Department can’t have someone monitoring the park each hour it is open, it will be up to the park users to do self-policing at the Dog Park. For any issues that come up, there will be names and phone numbers of Dog Park Committee members up on the information display case at the dog park that people can call.

The council approved a motion to approve the rules for the new Chariton Dog Park at Monday’s meeting. At their next meeting, July 15, an update will be provided to the council about how things are going at the new Dog Park.

The Dog Park Committee initially made out the rules for the park and then Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois reviewed them and made some changes. Following this, Chariton City Attorney Verle Norris reviewed them and gave the rules final

Read the July 4, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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