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County disc golf plans shelved, dog parks to see boost

County disc golf plans shelved, dog parks to see boost

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RACINE COUNTY — The county is scrapping plans for a disc golf course and reallocating the money toward dog parks.

The Racine County Board on a 16-1 vote Tuesday approved shifting $30,000 to three dog parks. The money had been earmarked in this year’s budget for a disc golf course at a to-be-determined county park.

However, officials haven’t found a park space suitable for a course, said Julie Anderson, the county’s director of public works and development services.

Cliffside Park in Caledonia has been mentioned as a possibility, but the course would have to be built in a remote part of the park and the county would need money beyond what was budgeted, Anderson said.

With officials also not hearing a strong public demand for a disc golf course, they instead eyed improvements at three dog parks.

Under the plan, the county will allocate $10,000 each to the Karen A. Nelson Dog Park in Quarry Lake Park, 3800 Northwestern Ave., Mount Pleasant; the Jean Jacobson Dog Park in Case Eagle Park, 310 S. Rochester St., Rochester; and a new dog park in Legion Park, south of Union Grove High School.

The money will allow the county to add amenities, like shelters and benches to each park, Anderson said.

County officials have seen a lot of interest in the parks and believe the money is better allocated there, said Anderson and County Supervisor Bob Miller.

“All three dog parks across the county are really busy, really successful,” Anderson said.

County Supervisor Tom Hincz cast the lone vote against the plan, saying it should have been referred to the Public Works, Parks and Facilities Committee before a full board vote.


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