City looks to update Brittingham dog park

City looks to update Brittingham dog park

The City of Madison is considering spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean up the city’s most visible dog park. Brittingham Park is the only fenced-in, off-leash dog park in the downtown area, but it’s in need of an upgrade.

People heading into the city center drive or walk by the park, located on Broom Street near John Nolan Drive, daily. Although at .25 acres, it’s the smallest of the city’s off-leash dog parks, Brittingham sees year-round use, so it’s not in the best of shape, with muddy and uneven turf.

The parks division is looking to make the park more “usable and inviting for dog park users.”

“We’re looking at durability, the comfort on dog paws, whether it’s sharp rocks, whether we use gravel or rounded stones. We’re also looking at how different types of material perform during wet weather, hot weather and during snow,” Sarah Lerner, a landscape architect for Madison’s Parks Division, said.

They’re considering using an artificial turf so they can better maintain it. And they’d like to update the look of the park to reflect the aesthetics of Madison’s downtown.

“We want to incorporate some design elements to really enhance the landscape architecture of the site so that it fits more of the downtown feel, so updates to some of the amenities and add some more interesting aspects to the park because it is really the entrance to the city from John Nolen Drive,” Lerner said.

Madison Parks is holding a public input meeting on the estimated $350,000 project on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Lakes Retirement Community’s Grand Hall, 333 W. Main Street. Free parking is available on the ramp across the street and will be validated by Capitol Lakes.