ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – A Sunset Hills Alderman and some local residents are hoping a 40-year-old public baseball diamond doesn’t go to the dogs.
Alderman Tom Musich and some local residents are opposing the idea of using the ball diamond as the site for a new dog park. The four acres are located along the 1200 block of Eddie and Park Road.
Musich says one problem he has with the proposed plan is it would eliminate an actively used ball field that is used by the children of Sunset Hills and by children of the Lindbergh school district.
The project is expected to cost a total of $725,000, with a $250,000 grant coming from St. Louis County Parks. Musich says the project will be split into three phases.
“Phase number one, I was told, will cost approximately $275,000. Phase two will cost approximately $100,000 and phase three will cost approximately $350,000,” he says.
Musich calls the proposal a shameful mismanagement of tax dollars.
“This project needs to be scaled back in accordance with other dog parks in the St. Louis area,” he says.
Musich says that money should be used to build sidewalks throughout the community.
The proposal is for more than a dog park, which will include an agility area for dogs, playgrounds, shade structures, ornamental fencing, rain gardens, along with many other items.
Musich told KMOX News that he is not against dog parks, he just doesn’t agree with the location choice.
“We should change the location of the proposed dog park to an area that would not interfere with current youth and family recreation,” he says.