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Posted on: May 1, 2022

Dog Park Opens

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The city’s first off-leash dog park is open.

Construction has been completed, grass planted and fixtures put in place for Dutchman Dog Park, located at the Pinal County complex at 247 E. Superstition Blvd.

“It’s taken more than a decade to see this through, but we are so happy to see the dog park open,” said Apache Junction Mayor Chip Wilson. “We know our residents have asked for a dog park for many years and with our growth, we were able to make it happen.”

Dutchman Dog Park, on the southeast corner of Superstition Boulevard and Idaho Road, was funded by development fees with a location that was the result of an intergovernmental agreement with Pinal County, which has an office complex and work yard on site.

The 3.4-acre space has served as a retention basin and undeveloped recreation space. Under the agreement with the county, the city built and will maintain the dog park. The design will also mitigate drainage problems in the basin. 

Among the amenities at Dutchman Dog Park:

• Three separate fenced areas to provide options for different types of dogs
• Solar lighting
• Double entry gates for added security and safety
• Shade trees and benches
• Pet waste stations and tools for clean-up spaced throughout the park
• Water stations for dog owners and dogs
• Covered ramada
• Public art installations

The city has considered and planned for the development of an off-leash dog park for more than 10 years but securing funding was historically a challenge. Efforts were revitalized when the city partnered with Arizona State University’s Project Cities program which helped evaluate interest, funding and logistics.

The city Parks and Recreation Commission and the Apache Junction City Council identified a cost effective, central location in the downtown area for the dog park. Scholz Contracting LLC was the contractor on the project.

For more information, visit www.apachejunctionaz.gov/dogpark.

For a list of rules at the dog park, please visit www.apachejunctionaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2116.

Dutchman Dog Park Grand Opening-79-croppedThe construction budget comes from development fees, funds collected from new commercial development in the city that by law is earmarked for park improvements. Although the city has planned to include ongoing maintenance in its general fund, the city will continue to seek grants, donations and corporate partners that may be interested in contributing to funding the project or additional amenities. For more information, please contact ajpr@apachejunctionaz.gov.

The site is part of the Pinal County complex that plays host to county offices, a state motor vehicle division location and the Superstition Community Food Bank.

Sponsors of the park include Arizona Water Company, Elevated Design Studio, Scholz Contracting, J2 Design and Pinal County.

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