A decision by Logan Mayor Randy Watts to lease five acres of city land to the Cache Humane Society may lead to development of an off-leash park for Logan’s canine residents. The land is adjacent to the organization’s animal shelter. Darla Clark, chair of the Cache Humane Society’s Board of Trustees, said the full parcel of land is 10 acres. “We’ve been meeting with city officials for about a year and they have decided they will lease five acres, with the possibility of another five acres down the road, for this off-leash dog park. We’re excited. We’re in the process right now of finalizing our overall plan and going forth with it. “When we made our presentation we had preliminary plans. We’re working with an engineer to make sure we don’t have any wetlands issue; the city said we do not. I don’t think there is going to be any problem with it.” Clark said the plan for the five acres includes areas with grass for the dog’s to run, areas with water, also a covered area for dog owners to sit and watch their dogs. “There is a lot of development to be done,” said Clark. “All of it is designed to make it accessible to animals and their owners. We’ll have an area that might be just for puppies. We’ll have an area that might be for older dogs. We’ll have an area where maybe they can only be on-leash. Those are some of the ideas we’re thinking about.” Clark said the city has given Cache Humane Society leaders four years to develop the new park. “It all depends on raising the money,” said Clark, “and we figure it requires $400,000 for the initial five acres. It could be up to $500,000, depending the costs we run into. As soon as we get the money, we’re on our way.”
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