‘Bigger’ large/small dog park lands Millsboro council’s blessing

MILLSBORO — The town of Millsboro’s dog park will accommodate canines of all breeds, shapes and sizes.

Town council Monday night approved an updated proposal that includes separate fenced-in areas for both large and small dogs at the public park on town-owned property off Wilson Highway near Brandywine Village Apartments — within walking distance of Millsboro Town Center.

Assistant Town Manager Jamie Burk said he took council’s advice at the November meeting “and went bigger.”

“There are large and small dog park sections that are independent of each other. They share a main fence in the middle,” he said.

The park will encompass 1,060 linear feet and will utilize about half of the estimated 3.5-acre parcel that houses the town’s public works pump station.

Total cost comes in at less than $20,000. It includes a $17,849 basic fencing cost with an additional $1,325 to upgrade for all-black fencing, which Mr. Burk said, “is more aesthetically pleasing.”

Funding was included in the town’s current fiscal year budget.

The park will have a main entrance and staging area, with separate entrances branching off into the areas for large and small dogs. The design also allows for the town to add other features, Mr. Burk said.

Expectation is the fencing will be installed soon and the park will be open for public use. Mr. Burk said the vendor is experienced in dog parks.

“I made a special point of asking if they can install in the winter and they said, ‘Yes,’” Mr. Burk said. “I think we are good to go.”

Parking will be at the lot at the town center, located at 322 Wilson Highway.

The town is working on making water available at the park.

“We can explore that next,” said Mr. Burk. “Down the road we can add asphalt and we can add parking spaces there.”

Plans down the road may include a restroom-type facility, Mr. Burk said.

The in-town location for the dog park prevailed over the town’s previous consideration for a dog park along the more remote, rural White Farm property off Hardscrabble Road (Del. 20) on the northern edges of town. That proposal entailed various permits, including water, sewer and entrance and proved to be quite costly.

Initially, council mulled the idea of a dog park for a park-type venue planned on 10-plus acres of town-owned property on the western edge of town off Del. 24.

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