A new dog park is coming to Idlewild Park in Boone County

Douglas Clark
Douglas Clark
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A new dog park is in England Idlewild Park’s near future. 

The Boone County Fiscal Court approved a bid related to the project with Covington-based LK Concrete securing the pact.

The county’s dog park is temporarily located on Baseball Field #7 within England Idlewild Park to accommodate the new Boone County Animal Care and Control facility construction, officials said.

“On Aug. 15, we requested bids for concrete,” Boone County Director of Parks David Whitehouse said regarding the dog park project. “It’s 500 feet of six-foot sidewalk and nine 16 x 16 pads in each of our runs. We got 13 bids back, so it’s really kind of exciting to have bidders come in.”

The bids ranged from $32,184 to $99,500, and upon the completion of bid reviews and reference checks, the bid committee recommended LK Concrete’s bid of $32,184, Whitehouse said. 

“The most important part is the grass is out there,” Whitehouse said. “When we did the regrading – no grass. A dog park with no grass is bad. We hope to be opening the dog park sometime in the middle of October.”

Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore expressed enthusiasm regarding the endeavor.

“I’ve noticed the good work that’s happened out there,” Moore said.

In addition to the dog park, England Idlewild Park’s playground area was installed 25 years ago and plans are underway for a refresh via a DWA Recreation bid of $123,830.47, Whitehouse said. 

“It’s got two pieces that, as of Dec. 31, will no longer meet code,” Whitehouse said. “We put in the budget to replace it; put out a proposal on Aug. 11; and got three proposals back. That (DWA Recreation’s bid) includes the playground, mulch, installation – everything.”

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