Volunteers poured and leveled concrete to form sidewalks and entrances at the Maquoketa Dog Park, located atop the former tent-camping area at Horseshoe Pond Park. Organizers expect to install fences at the park this month or in November. Fundraising efforts are ongoing.

With sidewalks and entrances poured, the Maquoketa Dog Park is taking physical shape on the south side of the city.

Local volunteers helped pour the concrete sidewalks and install the dog park entrances. Becker Veterinary Clinic and the Khristian and Kristi Becker family donated the labor and paid for materials to make the installation possible at the dog park, which will be located on the former tent-camping area at Horseshoe Pond Park. The dog park will stretch from the Citadel building, up the hill and across the former camping area, then back down the hill to the pavilion on the banks of Horseshoe Pond.

Maquoketa Lumber donated the forms to guide the concrete while Chuck Fey provided his concrete expertise and helped complete installation.

The sidewalks and entrances provide the public — and prospective donors — with the first tangible, viewable signs of progress on the dog park, which until now has been in the planning and fundraising phases.

Fencing will be installed in October or November, according to Maquoketa Dog Park Committee member Scott Warren.

The dog park will be divided into two fenced-in areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. 

Entrances would be handicapped-accessible. 

The overall project is estimated to cost about $114,500. To date, the committee has put about $75,000 in materials and in-kind work into the park, Warren said.

Surrounded by trees, the area would have a natural sound buffer to reduce any barking noise, and there are no nearby residences, committee members said.

Tentative park rules would relieve the city of liability for incidents that might happen there, according to committee members.

Owners would be required to remove dogs with signs of aggression, and they must remove their dogs’ waste.

Various sponsorship opportunities and naming rights are available for each of the many dog park features.

The committee continues raising money for benches, play features, and drinking/bathing station and garbage receptacles.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at Maquoketa State Bank, with Warren at the Maquoketa Area Family YMCA, and at Becker Veterinary Clinic.