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A Great Dane inspects a fountain at the Alabama Dream Dog Park in Alabaster, Ala. A local club is proposing a dog splash pad, a dog wash/shower station and a water fountain for humans and dogs at Kilcona Park.

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A Great Dane inspects a fountain at the Alabama Dream Dog Park in Alabaster, Ala. A local club is proposing a dog splash pad, a dog wash/shower station and a water fountain for humans and dogs at Kilcona Park.

Plans for elaborate recreational facilities at an off-leash dog park have received tentative approval from city hall.

The proposal from the Kilcona Park Dog Club for canine water amenities, including a splash pad, fountain and dog wash station, was referred to civic administration for consideration as part of the Kilcona Park revitalization project.

"I'm really pleased with the support the councillors have demonstrated," dog club president Donna Henry said following her presentation Tuesday night to the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee.

The 500-member club wants city hall to be a partner in the water recreation complex for dogs at the off-leash area of Kilcona Park, including permission to build the facilities and financial assistance.

The committee did not commit city hall to any financial assistance but did instruct its administration to help the club.

Henry said the club doesn't have a realistic financial estimate for the facility, adding the great unknown is securing a source of potable water. The city's water lines stop west of Lagimodiere Boulevard, opposite to the off-leash site.

A nearby church and residences on Knowles Avenue east of Lagimodiere rely on wells. Henry said there is concern any well drilled into the former landfill site could be contaminated, adding many dog owners believe the retention ponds at the park are already contaminated with toxins and methane gas as a result of leaching from the old landfill.

Henry said the club's first priority is to work with city staff to determine whether a potable water well can be drilled, which would make the cost of the project feasible.

"We're prepared to do a lot of the fundraising ourselves," Henry said.

The club's tentative plan calls for the installation of a water fountain for dogs and humans in 2015, a dog wash station in 2016 and dog splash pond in 2017.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 22, 2014 B5

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