Dogs will have park, and parking

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By Juanice Gray, jgray@natchitochestimes.com

Several City enhancement projects are making progress, however those wheels move slowly. It often takes years for a project to grow from an idea to completion. Such is the case for four such endeavors introduced in the last couple of years. One endeavor is a dog park. Natchitoches loves their furry friends and the City has been entertaining the idea of a dog park for more than a year. Concerns included location, size and parking among others.

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Mayor Lee Posey said Tuesday the City was working with Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP), who took an interest in actively assisting with the project. “They jumped on board and it has been decided to put it (dog park) at the sports complex, Park Natchitoches,” he said. The park will be located near the entrance to the complex so pet owners can utilize the parking lot, thereby solving that issue.

Posey said the complex architect is working on the design. The complex is set to open roughly in January 2020 in time for spring sports. Posey said the dog park project would follow soon after the complex is completed.

Natchitoches has hosted triathlons in previous years, and is open to another event. Posey said, “There seems to be interest. It is now in the hands of the organizers. The ball is in their court.” A group from Shreveport organized previous triathlons.

Posey said the first development to take shape is the paddle cruise boat on Cane River. “I talked to him (owner of the Cane River Queen, Paul Lohr of Paul’s Party Boats) Friday and he said they would be moving in on one of the next couple Sundays,” Posey said. Less traffic on a Sunday was cited for choosing that day for transporting. The paddleboat will possibly be launched down river then navigated up stream to dock near the downtown riverbank.