Cathedral City is making progress on its plans for a new downtown dog park, which will also include pickleball courts.
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How much money was approved for the project?
The council voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve a $413,376 agreement with David Volz Design for plans, specifications and environmental documents for the park, which includes a 10% contingency. Councilmember Raymond Gregory was absent.
Where will the dog park be located?
The park will be located at the site of the former Second Street Park on Buddy Rogers Avenue, next to Fire Station 411. The city council approved an agreement with Verde Design in November to create a conceptual design plan, which is now completed and includes fenced areas for small and large dogs with shading, benches, drinking fountains with pet bowls, a walking path, and four pickleball courts.
Why will there be pickleball courts at a dog park?
Andres Perez, an assistant civil engineer for the city, said the courts were added to provide the opportunity for pickleball in Cathedral City and attract more community members.
“Now, with the concept plan in place, it set the foundation for staff to move forward into the next phase in budgeting for the design of this park,” he said. “And with the design, we will get the engineer’s estimate, which is a much more finer detailed, line-item-by-line-item estimate in comparison to the rough order of magnitude cost estimate.”
What’s the estimated total project cost?
Verde Design’s rough order of magnitude, which is an estimated project cost, is just over $2.4 million, Perez said.
City Manager Charlie McClendon said having the project design will help the city get grants for the project.
“(The documents) will be 100% our final plan specs and estimates. So when a grant becomes available, we can let the grantee know, ‘Hey, this downtown dog park is ready to be built, all we need now is the funding,’” Perez said. “The project can be done a lot faster than starting from just the design phase.”
He added that David Volz Design expects the plans to take nine to 11 months to complete.
This project comes on the tail of Panorama Dog Park, which opened in May 2022 and is located within Panorama Park.
Ani Gasparyan covers the western Coachella Valley cities of Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City. Reach her at [email protected].