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Nonprofit proposes $16M indoor dog park in Omaha

July 30, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A nonprofit wants to build a $16 million indoor, off-leash dog park in Omaha.

Omaha-based animal health technology startup Corbyt has proposed the 90,000 square-foot private facility named the Nebraska Canine Commons, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The indoor dog park would be run by the new nonprofit Nebraska Canine Commons.

The group’s plans include a play area with dog agility equipment, a micro-clinic and classrooms for dog training and specialized turf that drains liquid waste and manages pet odor. Customers would pay a membership fee of $79 per month and an extra $15 per month for each additional dog.

The idea for the indoor facility came from a vizsla dog breed owner group.

“As we went into the winter months we realized there’s nothing really we can do (for vizslas) and there would be a great demand for an indoor facility for dogs,” said Sarah Dring, who helped run the dog breed group and now serves as co-founder of Nebraska Canine Commons.

Dring and Corbyt CEO Jon Cady collaborated with a design team to envision the indoor dog park, and now they’re working to fund the project.

The nonprofit hasn’t yet chosen a location.

The indoor dog facility could begin construction next year and open in 2020 if the group can complete fundraising.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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