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New Mayville dog park on track

March 11, 2019

MAYVILLE — A new dog park in Mayville should be done by the beginning of the summer.

“We’re shooting for April, May, weather depending,” said Bill Hartwig, who led a group of citizens in making the park a reality. “That’s what we’re shooting for.”

Hartwig said the recent bitter cold weather held back work on the park, but that it will pick back up once the weather starts to get warmer.

The Wag n Tag park will be by the TAG Center, 1700 Breckenridge St.

At the upcoming dog park, dogs will be fenced off and able to run around unleashed with their owners.

Tasks remaining include adding cement slabs, an entrance pad, chain link and some more fencing. Some of the fencing, gates and benches are already in place. The group of citizens that organized to fund the park are basically putting it together themselves.

The total project was estimated to cost about $9,400. The Mayville Common Council approved $5,000 in matching funds last May to help the park project move forward.

At that time, the group had collected about $6,000 and will continue to gather donations to help fund the maintenance of the park, including through donation boxes placed there.

The park’s hours will be dawn to dusk. All dogs must be licensed and vaccinated and owners will be able to use the park free of charge. Owners must pick up dog waste. Dog handlers must be 16 years or older and puppies under the age of 5 months will not be allowed.

In Mayville, according to city code, dogs are only allowed at parks if they are on a leash and cannot be on the playing surface of sports fields.

Other pets are not allowed at parks in Mayville.

Other dog parks in Dodge County include the Randy C. Fiegel Memorial Dog Park in Juneau at the Humane Society and the off-leash dog area of the Patrick Parker Conley Park in Beaver Dam.

The group in Mayville spent two years working to make the dog park a reality and were finally able to break ground in July.

Businesses that donated to the park’s creation include The Pub, Natural Way, Piggly Wiggly, Amanda’s Pawfect Pet Grooming, Mayville Vintage Marketplace, Modern Woodmen, Open Door Coffeehouse, Horicon Bank, RH Equipment, TAB, Lake Country Corporation, Metalcraft and Coldwell Banker. Students at Mayville Middle School collected frisbees and tennis balls to donate.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help finish building the park or otherwise reach out can send an email to mayvillewagntag@gmail.com. Updates are available on the Facebook page for the dog park.