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Bringing Specialty Parks To Twin Falls

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A park that's gone to the dogs and one that satisfies green thumbs may become a reality. Area groups are trying to introduce a dog park and community garden to Twin Falls.

Interest in a dog park is nothing new. Potential sites have come and gone, but the corner of Shoup and Blake will become Baxter's Park.
The question is, when?

Dennis Bowyer, Twin Falls Parks and Recreation says, "we looked at this here, this land we traded with Twin Falls County. We thought this would be a great location. We had a neighborhood meeting and the people who showed up, they were ok with it."

The Twin Falls City Council asked Bowyer to prepare a report about what it would cost if the city built a dog park. Bowyer came up with $275,000.

Bowyer adds, "that seemed awfully high, but a lot of it is we have a curb, gutter, sidewalk, a bathroom and fencing and how I came up with that is if the city contacted this out."

But the Magic Valley Canine Social Club has been active in fundraising efforts. There is potential the park could be up and running this fall with just the basics.

"We thought the bare minimum to get this dog park up and running was irrigation to water the grass, some seeding and fencing," says Bowyer.

This site might be vacant now, but it could be your one stop shop for fruits and vegetables if it becomes a community garden and just like Baxter's Park, other places were considered before this location on Filer Avenue West.

"We're looking at something similar to CSI in a community garden."

You can donate to Baxter's Park by visiting www.twinfallscommunityfoundation.org. For more information on the community garden, please call the Twin Falls Parks and Recreation office.


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