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New Richmond dog park gets DNR approval

Joe Kerlin, parks and recreation director; Pat Collins, hydrogeologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Bob Barbian, planning and community development director; and Dan Koski, city engineer/street superintendent, review the plans for a proposed dog park on the former landfill site in northwest New Richmond. The park recently got the OK to move forward from the DNR.

A proposed dog park in northwest New Richmond has gotten the final blessing to move forward.

Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approved the park's plan on Tuesday, April 30.

The 11-acre park will be housed on the former landfill site, just west of the St. Croix County Health Center and St. Croix Correctional Center.

Pat Collins, hydrogeologist with the DNR's bureau of remediation and redevelopment, said any use of a former landfill needs special approval from the DNR because of methane gasses that can be released by the buried trash.

"You wouldn't want any type of enclosed building built here, this (dog park) is actually probably the best use of this space," he said.

Many upgrades have already been made to the park, said Joe Kerlin, city parks and recreation director. Most of the fencing around the space has been completed and future plans for an entrance gate and gravel road are still in the works.

Half of the $5,750 needed to develop and open the new park is being paid through the city's park dedication fund. The other half is being fundraised by the "Friends" group. Membership is $15 a year and donations continue to be accepted.

"A lot of people have done a lot of hard work to make this happen," said Kerlin.

The next Friends meeting is slated for Thursday, May 2, at the dog park site.

For more information, call 715-246-4268.