- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Canine inhabitants of downtown Kansas City will have a new place to exercise next year.

The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1DwKSk0 ) reports that bids will go out early next year for a 1.5-acre off-leash dog area. It will include fencing, a curved path, stone staircase, new trees and benches. Construction should begin in the spring. The park is expected to open later in the year after the new grass is well established.

The basic dog park improvements will be paid for with $200,000 in capital improvement sales tax revenue, plus $180,000 from the William T. Kemper Foundation. Efforts are underway to identify another $170,000 in funding for shaded canopies.

The parks department says a separate fundraising effort is underway to create another smaller off-leash area at a different location.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com


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