Downtown dog park in the works - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Downtown dog park in the works

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Dog owners in downtown Lake Charles are pushing to get a dog park. Much like the one on Lake Street it would be a gated grassy area where pet owners could let their dogs run freely without a leash.

"It would be nice to have a place to go and bring your dog to play. Right now it is very challenging to find a place... all we have is a small patch of grass. I think it would be a great addition to downtown and used by a lot of people and their dogs," said Rebecca Breaux.

Volunteers and dog lovers are working with the City of Lake Charles and Downtown Development Authority to make it a reality. Right now they have several corporate and funding sources but need the approval of the City Council to move forward.

"We have been working on it for a while. We have several sites that we are interested in downtown. We think it is needed and will benefit the strolling downtown community. People like to do things with their dogs and if you provide a dog park more people will be walking around and hopefully going to the pet-businesses," said Tiffany Davis.

Davis is one of the volunteers leading the effort. She said they also hope to attract travelers from Interstate 10 looking to stop with their dogs.

"A lot of people would probably get off I-10 with their dogs and stop at the park if we had one and probably visit some of the downtown businesses," said Davis.

Organizers said they would only need about a 1/2 acre of land. Davis didn't have a specific timeline but said it if all goes well it shouldn't take more than a year.

For Breaux and her dog Aggie anything would be an improvement.

"Dogs are also social and need a place to play. It's like going to the park with your kids except with your dog. It's a common place to meet. You're not going to someone's house - you're going to the dog park," said Breaux.

The DDA said they were impressed with the proposal and will work with the group to make a recommendation to the Lake Charles City Council.

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