$60,000 dog park in the works in Santa Fe

New Mexico

Albuquerque recently ranked second in the nation for being one of the top dog friendly cities. Now, Santa Fe is trying to become a contender with some big help from some locals.

“There are a lot of animal lovers here,” said the owner of Ghillie the dog, Janet Sanders.

Thirteen-year-old Ghillie and his human spend a lot of time at the dog park area at Fort Marcy Park.

“We come out here four to five times a week,” said Sanders. “He really enjoys the park, especially the dog park.”

Now that dog park is about to get bigger and better, all thanks to private donors.

“We have a donor that is giving us $61,300 to do a small separate dog park to do over at Fort Marcy,” said Santa Fe City Councilor Signe Lindell.

The city says the new dog park will be built next to the current one on open land that isn’t being used. The city says the park will feature an agility course for dogs like Ghillie to play on.

The new park will also have extra shading for pups and people.

“As they improve it I understand there’s going to be benches,” said Sanders. “And if I can sit down, that means Ghillie can be here longer.” 

“Dog parks really allow community to form,” said Councilor Lindell.

The dog lovers KRQE News 13 spoke with believe the new park will be anything but “ruff.” 

“She likes to interact with other dogs and I think she just gets tired of hanging out with dad,” said dog owner Chris Sullivan. “So why not be social?”

“Is Gemma gonna go?” asked Councilor Lindell referring to her dog, Gemma. “You bet.”

The next step for the park — City councilors will need to formally accept the donation at Wednesday night’s meeting. After that, they say construction can start. The city already has five dog parks.

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