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Eagle: ‘The envy of dog-owners’

Kathy Heicher
Special to the Daily A park where owners can to their dogs off their leashes will soon open in Eagle.

EAGLE – Rover is going to have a place to romp unleashed in Eagle, but it’s going to take a month or two before the town’s new dog park is ready. The Eagle Town Board voted Tuesday to designate a 5.5-acre piece of land in the Eagle Ranch subdivision a dog park. The site is northwest of the golf course clubhouse, near the intersection of Lime Creek and Sylvan Lake roads.

“I want to be able to go out my door with my dog, then take him off-leash,” said Eagle Ranch resident Dave Hakes, who prefers to walk his golden retriever off-leash.The dog park should be near homes and water in which dogs can play, Hakes said.The new park will includes a section of Abrahms Creek, and Eagle Mayor John Stavney said Eagle will be “the envy of dog owners.”

Board members made it clear that the dog park is an experimental project, which will be re-evaluated in the fall. There is some question about the impacts to the land if dozens of dogs use the designated area daily. Board members also noted that no citizens group has offered to take care of the dog park. Vail residents told the town it’s essential for users to help manage the park. The board also voted to ask the county to consider designating open space at the Eagle County Fairgrounds as an official unleashed dog area. The meadow east of the ball fields and along the Eagle River is already popular with dog owners.

Town staff members said they would work quickly to draw maps and put up signs so the park can open. Vail, Colorado

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