The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department and K9COLA will hold a leash cutting ceremony at the new K9 Acres Off-Leash Dog Area in Squaw Creek Park, 5200 Golf Course Road, on Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments will be provided for people and pets. The public is invited to attend.
K9 Acres is an 11-acre fenced facility with three use areas. The largest is the Main Off-leash Yard which is approximately 8.1 acres in size, is fully grassed and includes a walking trail, waste receptacles, trees and a small park storage building. Future amenities in this area include benches and small shelters. The second largest area is the Training Yard. It is 1.8 acres in size and is also fully grassed with trees. The purpose of the Training Yard is to provide an area to train dogs that are not yet fully socialized enough to use the Main Off-leash Area. It is also used for various training classes and events. The smallest area is the 1.1 acre Small Dog Yard. This grassy area with trees provides a space for smaller dogs to run without the danger of inadvertently being hurt by larger dogs in the Main Yard. The park entrance and the Main Yard have double-gated, split entry and exit areas. The two smaller yards currently have single gates with double-gated systems planned for the future.
A graveled parking lot at the front entry to the park will accommodate up to 40 cars at a time with overflow parking available on both sides of the main driveway. The parking lot will be seal coated in the near future. A restroom, a non-potable water source for dogs and a dumpster (for park waste and garbage) are available at the entrance to the park. Waste receptacles and dog bag dispensers are scattered throughout the park.
The facility was completed through the efforts of the following contractors: Gee Grading and Excavating, D&N Fence Co., LaCrosse Forage and Turf, D&K, Baumhoeffner Nursery Inc. Other contributors were the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, Cedar Rapids Golf Operations, K9COLA and Leadership for Five Seasons Class of 2013.