Ahead of schedule: Work underway on Woodstock dog park

Woodstock town employees Robert Bowman III, left, a maintenance technician, gives a board to Travis Hoffman, a construction trade specialist, as they work on the town's entrance to the new dog park located off West North Street. Rich Cooley/Daily

Work continues on Woodstock’s first dog park at Fairview Park, with mild weather earlier this month allowing for an accelerated schedule.

Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the Town of Woodstock, said they have installed the parking area, walkway and made improvements to the cross-country course to ensure the course remains “top-notch for years to come.”

The Fairview Park site will be divided into two spaces, one for large dogs and the other for small dogs. Double entry gates welcome guests and their furry friends to the park and a 4-foot high wooden board fence with a wire gauge will keep dogs inside the park.

The park will also include many obstacles to keep the dogs active and happy, including earthen mounds, tunnels for dogs to explore, jump hurdles, agility poles, hill climb and bridge walk.

He added that the Woodstock Rotary Club donated $14,000 for construction of the shelter. Since it is located in the interior of the park, they are working on the entryway and shelter now. The posts, joists and trusses for structural framing have been installed for the shelter.

The Public Works Department staff is also working on building the obstacles that will be part of the course and will be installed closer to the project completion date, he added.

“We need to finish the roof and floor for the shelter, complete the earthwork and grading, plant trees, install the obstacles and build the fence,” he said.

They also need to paint the fence black after the boards and posts properly weather, which takes about six to nine months, he added.

Hancock said the mild weather earlier this month allowed them to get ahead with the project. The grading, parking and entryway were completed a couple weeks ahead of schedule.

“We didn’t find out about the funding for the shelter until mid-February so we have worked hard getting that built in the last couple of weeks. We don’t want the fence material to sit out too long before being installed, so after the trees are planted the fence will be the last item built,” he said.

The dog park is expected to be completed in late April, he added.

Town Manager Angela Clem added that she is excited to see this space being used.

“And even greater, this is a Woodstock staff design-build project, which is really impressive,” she added.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com