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Dog Park may be expanded
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Beatrice and her pup, Buster, were discovered on Shelbyville Road and surrendered to Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. They spent Thursday morning enjoying the city’s dog park with Animal Control director Sherri Bradley. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Increased hours of operation may accompany the reopening of Milner Recreation Center, while additional romping room may be given at McMinnville Dog Park.

The city Parks and Recreation Committee met to consider the proposed fiscal year 2021-22 budget for McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department. Among the items discussed was increasing the hours so humans can exercise at the recreation center, and $10,000 for expanding the existing dog park. 

McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department director Scott McCord says he and city administrator Nolan Ming have discussed the need to make the rec center available to earlier risers.

“In talking to Nolan, we are going to try to open up earlier in the morning to accommodate those who like to work out before they go to work,” said McCord. “Like at 6 a.m. and possibly opening on Sundays.”

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The facility is closed Sundays. 

“I think you’re losing people who get off of night shift work to some of these other gyms,” said Alderman Everett Brock.

Alderman Rachel Kirby added, “Most open at 6 a.m. So, opening at 6 o’clock would be good.” 

Consideration for expanding the dog park was prompted by user complaints that the area provided is too small.

“So, you’re talking about repositioning fencing and adding some more?” asked Brock. 

 McCord replied, “Yes. We’d have to cut down some trees. We’ve had a lot of people say it’s too small.” 

“What about another dog park?” asked Alderman Zach Sutton. “That’s probably an idea for another time, but I think having more options expands the opportunity for people.”

The proposed 2021-22 budget for McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department is $2.4 million, a $22,235 decrease from the previous fiscal year.