The dogs of summer could get a fresh, new pad if the Kilcona Park Dog Club (KPDC) can convince the city to sink their teeth into the project.
The KPDC will present a proposal on Jan. 21 to the East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee for improvements to the off-leash area of the Kilcona Dog Park including a dog splash pad, a dog wash/shower station and a water fountain for humans and dogs.
The agenda for the Jan. 21 meeting states that "KPDC proposes installing three seasonal water features near the west parking lot at Kilcona Park."
The report submitted to the agenda further states that "while dog splash pads are common in many American cities, Kilcona's will be the first one in Canada."
If KPDC can get permission from the city to go ahead, the group would handle fundraising for the project and apply for grants.
The splash pad for dogs would resemble the splash pads currently in the city for children and give dogs a chance to cool off in spraying water without it becoming standing water.
There is also a safety factor involved as the splash pad would be an alternative to swimming in Kilcona's ponds while the water fountain would help owners keep their dogs from drinking from the pond.
The report said that "recently veterinarians in Kilcona's catchment area have confirmed that dogs that have been exposed to Kilcona pond water - either by swimming in it or drinking - are presenting at their clinics with gastrointestinal, urinary tract and skin diseases and water-borne parasites."
Winnipeg Water and Waste pond water quality reports also indicate the presence of high levels of E. coli in the pond water.
The KPDC board has already been in contact with the Kilcona Park's master plan project management coordinator who provided them with a list of requirements the KPDC would need to fulfill to move forward with the project, if it is approved.
Among the requirements would be a concept plan, preliminary cost estimate, an outline of ownership and maintenance responsibilities and approval from the provincial health department for the spray pad's recirculating water system.