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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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Spotsylvania Planning Commission to vote on dog park tonight

The Spotsylvania County Planning Commission will vote Wednesday night on whether to recommend including a $200,000 dog park in the county’s capital plan. 

The county Board of Supervisors has the final say.

Commissioners tabled a decision in January, and some called the project a waste of taxpayer money. The dog park is proposed for 3 acres at Patriot Park off Smith Station Road near the YMCA.

Kevin Brooks, Spotsylvania’s director of parks and recreation, has stressed that the dog park would be funded by private donations. But it would cost the county about $3,000 annually to operate, he said.

Spotsylvania resident Landry Hepler has raised about $1,700 since November for the fenced dog park. He plans to continue collecting donations, but says he hopes the county will eventually invest in the facility. 

You can read a recent story about the dog park here.