The Patterson City Council voted unanimously this week to accept a $49,967 bid from Knights Ferry-based Haskell and Haskell Engineering and Construction Services Inc. to make the dog park accessible for people with disabilities. Work on the park, closed since spring, should begin in November, said Adrienne Chaney, Patterson’s parks and recreation director.
“We had to close (the dog park) down because it didn’t meet accessibility requirements,” she said. “Volunteers put the dog park together — we just missed having the accessibility piece.
“Once it was brought to our attention, we closed the park and started the process.”
In total, the work will cost more than $70,000 including design, construction, landscaping and repairs, soil testing, leveling and other expenses.
Haskell and Haskell will add a handicapped parking space, a bench and an accessible pathway from the ball diamonds to the dog park, and it will change the off-leash entryway.
Boy Scout Troop 533, led by Scout Travis Buehner, built the dog park in 2003. Buehner made the dog run as his Eagle Scout project. Marlena Cardinal of the group Friends of Sophia’s Dog Park in Newman later received grants to install a ramp, hurdles, tunnels and a rest station in the park. Big O Tires also donated several tire hoops at that time.
• Irrigator reporter Nick Rappley contributed to this report.
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