Rules unleashed for new dog park; Lexington selling Barr Pond to developers

tflach@thestate.comMarch 24, 2013 

— Owners will pay at least $30 a year to let their dogs roam in a new park slated to open in Lexington by fall.

Proposed guidelines also require dogs to be well-behaved, spayed and vaccinated for admission to the three-acre canine playground near a soccer complex along Hendrix Street.

It’s slated to be called the Lexington Paw Park, a title that Mayor Randy Halfacre says is “a catchy name.”

The site will be a fenced-in area where dogs can rove unleashed under the supervision of owners, with separate sections for small and large animals.

There are rules for owners as well – no smoking, along with picking up waste and repairing holes dug by their pets are among the requirements.

The package developed by an advisory panel received raves when outlined to town leaders. Its adoption by Town Council is expected later this spring.

Halfacre said the standards are “pretty comprehensive.”

The park will be the sixth of its kind – and the largest – in the Midlands.

It’s a pet project of Halfacre, who says it’s a spot for people to congregate as well as a playpen for dogs.

Developing the park is expected to cost $50,000, with work due to start in late spring.

Entry will be through a gate after payment of use fees to obtain the admission code. The annual fee starts at $30 for one dog for town residents, rising to $50 for nonresidents. Another $15 will be assessed per extra dog, with a maximum of three pets per owner.

Pond changing hands

Lexington is selling a 124-acre pond on the town’s southwestern outskirts that officials say is of no use.

Barr Pond – also known as Wildlife Lake – and five acres on its shoreline is being sold to residential developers for $60,000

It is one of a series of ponds created on Twelve Mile Creek for textile mills and other industry long gone, later serving as a source of drinking water for the town prior to reliance on Lake Murray.

Reach Flach at (803) 771-8483.

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