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Off-Leash Dog Park Requested At Wapelhorst Park

Resident to present request Wednesday.

One city resident wants to see an off-leash dog park put in .

Kim Harnagle often walks her dog, Sadie, through Wapelhorst Park and said she thinks the addition of an off-leash dog park would give resident dogs a chance to stretch their legs. 

"There are so many people who walk their dogs, some are elderly," Harnagle said. "All I'm trying to do is improve our community."

St. Charles Parks and Recreation Board is scheduled to hear Harnagle's request for a dog park during a work session scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

During the board’s last meeting April 20, members discussed some of the pros and cons of adding a dog park to Wapelhorst Park. The city already has one off-leash dog park located in northern St. Charles, off of North River Road. 

Harnagle has visited the DuSable dog park in the past, but it's not very close to her home and in a more secluded area.

"I didn't feel very comfortable there," she said. "If I knew people who were going to be there, it might be different."

Harnagle said she thinks a good location might be near the front of Wapelhorst Park just north of the entrance off of Muegge Road.

Director of Parks and Recreation Maralee Britton said neighbors may raise concerns about extra noise, cars and additional people who would use the dog park.

Wapelhorst Park already has a water park, baseball fields, volleyball courts, walking trails, a playground and tennis courts.

Currently, there are only three dog parks in St. Charles County, Britton said.

One is the in St. Charles. Another is located at Broemmelsiek Park ,which is located off of State Road DD, in western St. Charles County. The third is at Quail Ridge Park, located off of Duello Road in Wentzville. 

marlene May 04, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Yes, this is a good idea. The location suggested is wasted ground now and would be a true asset to the local residents who walk their dogs at the park
Christine Zika May 04, 2011 at 12:02 PM
St. Charles County, please consider the request! I know that it would be a great addition and my Bailey would appreciate the opportunity to play with other dogs closer to home.
Elizabeth May 06, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Long overdue! I've been to the DuSable park, and the smell there (because of the nearby water treatment plant) is sometimes so offensive to me, I can't imagine how the poor dogs stand it. I really hope this can become a reality! So much better than another parking lot.
Laura May 30, 2011 at 09:03 PM
We live in St Peters and it's a 15-20 minute drive to DuSable or Quail Ridge. A dog park in a more central location is a great idea. It's certainly more practical than a stretch of grass that people don't do more than drive or walk past. Our two dogs would greatly appreciate the room to stretch their legs! I have to say, the dogs don't make all that much noise most of the time, so I don't think that the neighbors will much notice.
heather July 12, 2011 at 07:26 PM
This would be wonderful!!!! We would visit on a daily basis!!!
Sandra September 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Whatever happened with this idea?
matthew hill February 13, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Yes, yes, yes, whatever happened to this idea.
Kalen Ponche February 13, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Hi Matthew- I haven't heard any follow up on this idea lately from the Parks Board. I'm sure you could reach out to the parks department if you wanted.

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