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Shreveport dog park deal reached, park expected next year

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Shreveport City Council and Dog Park Alliance agree on Stoner Boat Launch for home of dog park Shreveport City Council and Dog Park Alliance agree on Stoner Boat Launch for home of dog park
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

The dog park deal is a go but don't get out the leash just yet. City officials don't expect the dog park to be built very soon. The fight over where to put the dog park and what it needs, has taken more than 2 years but we may not see the actual dog park until next year. "The mayor and dog park alliance all came together to work on a compromise scenario and I think that the end result is a strong one. I believe that we can all move forward in confidence with this." But city councilman Jeff Everson says that doesn't mean you can your pooch to the Stoner Dog Park just yet. 


First Mayor Glover has to sign off on the city council's resolution--which is expected to happen in the next few days.

Second, there must be a 7 day layover for the legislation, before Glover can sign the cooperative endeavor agreement.

After Glover signs off on the contract, so will the red river water way commission and the shreveport dog park alliance.

Only after it's signed, can the dog park lawsuit be dropped.


Then the red river water way commission and the dog park alliance will transfer their donated money to help pay for the park.


And finally the city can start advertising the design work.

But dog park supporters say they're hoping it all moves along smoothly. Dan Keele is the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance's attorney. Keele said, "We're just trying to find a way to make sure we have all of the i's dotted and t's crossed. Everson says it all came down to dollars and cents. "Like anything, location matters, and this particular location at the end of the day proved to be quite a bit less expensive to develop there."

Step one began last night with council members approving the legislation for the Stoner Beach Dog Park. But there are multiple steps that must take place before we see an operational dog park.


Mayor Glover sent out a statement to the passing of the Dog Park legislation that says, ``As bad as this agreement still is, it now contains some significant provisions and protections for the citizens of the City of Shreveport. This is language that is 180 degrees different than what the Council passed in 2012 and in the interest of being able to move the City forward, it's language that I can now live with.''

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