The City of Stevens Point held the grand opening for its new off-leash pet swimming area on Tuesday, July 28 at 4:00 pm in Mead Park near the 800 block of West River Drive.
Community Discussions for the off-leash pet swimming area began in summer of 2019. The idea was well-received by citizens, and was taken to the Park Commission in October of 2019 to begin taking public comments. A unanimous vote of the Park Commission was taken at the December 4, 2019 meeting and subsequently unanimously approved at the December 16 Common Council meeting.
The installation of the boundary fence was recently completed at a cost of $3,629, half of which came from donations from the Point Dog Park user group. The remaining $1,814.50 was absorbed in the existing Parks Department budget.
“The area won’t prohibit anyone without a pet from using it, but will allow for pets to be off-leash within the safer, fenced-in area rather than boat landings or some of the other areas people have been using,” said Mayor Mike Wiza. “Pets could already swim in the river, they just needed to be on a leash until they were in the water. This area came with overwhelming support from the community, minimal costs, and I’m very proud that we could make it a reality."
Pets must be properly licensed and vaccinated. Do not bring aggressive/unsocialized pets or dogs “in-heat." City ordinance Chapter 14 still applies, including picking up after your pets. Bags are provided at the park, but you are welcome to bring your own.