Widespread Clearwater canine park closing for renovations

CLEARWATER, Fla — Should you’ve ever walked the shell paths of Enterprise Canine Park in Clearwater, it’s a fairly common place for canines and people.

It means, “All the things. For my canine and for me each,” stated Robert McKee, who goes to Enterprise Canine Park every day.

“I come each single morning at 7 a.m., and it’s my recreation, it’s my peacefulness,” stated Elliot Bruder.

Dan Parri brings his pups twice day-after-day. He calls it a solace place however on January 17, 2022, the gates might be closed for a number of months for renovations.

“I used to be stunned that no person has ever heard of this earlier than, after which once I did attain out, the mayor emailed me again and simply stated they don’t do outreach on tasks that don’t make substantial adjustments,” stated Parri. “In my view while you’re closing a park for 3 to 4 months, you’re making substantial adjustments in peoples lives.”

Elliot Bruder’s every day routine is about to vary.

“It was like what am I gonna do now? That is what I do day-after-day,” he stated.

“I can’t think about what sort of renovations would take 4 months to shut the park down,” stated McKee.

And whereas of us aren’t arguing with the town that renovations are wanted, they will’t perceive why the town didn’t no less than attain out to individuals who come right here every day for his or her ideas on what is required.

“Town missed out on a possibility to have interaction residents, deliver them into the method, and if the town had stated look that is our price range, and that is all we will do, and we are saying properly, we wish to see different issues they usually say alright then we’d like more cash, we might be comfortable to work with the town to boost cash,” stated Parri.

Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard says crews aren’t reconfiguring the park. However, work might be finished to enhance drainage, crews will usher in mulch, restore and replenish the shell paths, rebuild the bridge, change the water bowls and usher in new sod. However a number of of us say ditch the sod and use the cash to construct a rest room.

What we’d like is a rest room. Notably for the ladies, to go to the toilet. That will be good one thing like that,” McKee stated.

“This is likely one of the few parks within the county that doesn’t have a rest room so numerous individuals have to depart, we’ve got a number of senior residents individuals and walkers and wheelchairs they arrive to this park they don’t have anyplace to go,” stated Parri.

In addition they hoped the park might be shut down in increments so individuals can nonetheless use sure areas, however Hibbard says it couldn’t be phased, as a result of the parking zone of getting used for staging.

“Town simply sees this as one other property they personal, that it’s the town property to do what the town desires, not the town as within the residents,” Parri stated.

Editor’s notice: This text incorrectly said that the Enterprise Canine Park closes for renovations on January 3. The right closure date is January 17. It’ll reopen on April 17.