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Cruse Dog Park ‘Shade structure’ project coming May 15-19

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A sign welcomes visitors and their canines to Cruse Dog Park. The entrance is at Grand and Kansas Expressway.

Upcoming construction at Cruse Dog Park will cause partial park closures the week of May 15-19, weather permitting. Springfield-Greene County Park workers will install two new 10’x10’ shade structures: one in the small dog side of the park, another in the large dog side. The shade structure construction project is funded by the Cruse Dog Park fund, with monies raised through special events.

Springfield’s only park exclusively for canines will be closed entirely for one day, Monday, May 15, to install temporary fencing and beginning the construction process in the park. The park will then reopen May 16-19 with temporary chain link fencing in place, allowing the front portion of each side of the park to be open, with the construction zone fenced off. Play areas will be temporarily smaller during construction.

Membership at the Cruse Dog Park is $25 per dog for one year.

Heavy machinery may be in use during business hours, approximately 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dog owners and their pets who are sensitive to loud noises may want to consider visiting the park in the outside of these hours.

Construction should be complete by Friday, May 19, weather permitting. Construction updates will be posted on the Cruse Dog Park Facebook page.

Cruse Dog Park is the first off-leash dog park in Springfield. Officially ‘unleashed’ in 2008, the six-acre park includes separate fenced play areas for large and small dogs. The park is located at 2100 W Catalpa St., but it is accessed from the southwest corner of the intersection of Grand Street and Kansas Expressway, behind Walgreens. Membership or a daily pass is required.

For more information, visit ParkBoard.org or contact Jeff Putman at 417-864-1332.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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