Construction beginning this week on RiverStone off-leash dog park improvements

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
July 10, 2018 - 11:05am

LETHBRIDGE – The City of Lethbridge is advising the public that construction is beginning on Tuesday, July 10, on repairs and improvements to the RiverStone Dog Park off-leash area.

RiverStone was closed temporarily in April due to wet, muddy and slippery conditions.

The park opened to the public in 2017 and is Lethbridge’s first fenced off-leash area for dogs. According to a release, the popularity of this park coupled with last summer’s heat and this past winter’s level of precipitation has overwhelmed the new grass.

Since then, construction plans have been developed to provide a hardier space that will be able to better withstand the intensity of use the park is seeing as well as incorporating some of the requests received from park users.

These updates include:

-    Pockets of sod and additional hydroseed on remaining grass

-    An in-ground irrigation system

-    Additional limestone pathways and expanded limestone areas

-    Snake-proofing on the perimeter fence

-    Additional seating for dog owners

-    Additional garbage receptacles and dog bag dispensers

-    An enclosed area for small dogs

Construction is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete, but some additional time will be required for the sod and seed to establish.

The park is anticipated to begin reopening in stages in early August, and areas that need additional establishment time will be fenced off while other areas will be accessible.

The City is encouraging residents to take advantage of the city’s other off-leash areas at Scenic Drive South, Peenaquim Park, and Popson Park in the meantime.

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