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August 2, 2015

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Joe Downtown: Proposed dog park would help downtown go green

When a planned private dog park is finished on Fremont Street, it will immediately become one of the largest — if not the largest — patches of green space on one of the city’s oldest byways.

And aside from a welcome respite for canines, it will be one of the few places downtown where you’ll find a few trees.

Schematic drawings for the park on the northeast corner of Fremont and Ninth streets, to be considered by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, show 12 trees in the 140 foot-by-100 foot fence space: three plum trees, eight Raywood Ashes, one bay laurel and one live oak.

The park also will have a water feature and large grass area. The Planning Commission will consider two requested variances, one to allow a 10-foot fence and another to increase the turf area to 63 percent because ordinances only allow 12.5 percent.

No date was given for construction or an opening date. Plans made clear that the park will be private.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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