No, That’s Not a Dog Park Going Up at Kidd Springs
Those of us who frequently use Kidd Springs Park — the dog walkers, joggers, and the icky couples who take over the parking lot after sunset — might have noticed that a sliver of turf near the basketball court has been cordoned off by a chain-link fence since last Monday.
I suspected this section might become a sandbox for kids or an area for canine companions. I checked in with April Garcia, the manager of Kidd Springs Recreation Center, and wasn’t thrilled by her answer.
“It’s definitely not an amenity. It’s a simple safety precaution,” she said. “Everyone thinks it’s a dog park.”
Apparently, the fence is blocking off some serious erosion that occurred right above a corroded storm pipe. The soft ground has become an obvious problem, Garcia said, and had been making the groundskeepers nervous for quite a while now. The fence will stay in place until the city secures money to fix the pipe, but don’t hold your breath. Garcia said city officials have told her there’s no allowance for it in this year’s budget.