Bark Park Construction Underway

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A current Terre Haute Brownfield project is going to the dogs.  Many of you said the city needs a “bark park,” and the city has listened.  We’ve heard a lot about Brownfield site in Terre Haute. We spoke city officials as to why cleaning these sites has been a top priority with the administration.

An exciting addition to the city parks system will be Terre Haute’s newest “bark park.”

“It’s humongous!” said Pat Martin of the city engineer’s office.  “You can run your dog in 3 to 4 acres if you want to!”

It will be divided into two parks, actually, one for big dogs and one for smaller pups.

A gas manufacturing plant once stood here.  Crews will remove 10 inches of soil and replace it with clean fill dirt.  From there, the parks department will take over and build the bark park.  That could happen in as little as two weeks.

“This is the kind of project you like,” said Martin.  “You come in, do it fast, and get it over with.  Put a fence up around the entire site, run a water line to the site, and then we’ll put up the doggie toys and plant the grass.”

In order to open the park, 70% of the site must be covered in grass.  That should happen before the end of the year, weather permitting.  Once completed, the city will have rehabilitated another Brownfield site, which has been a major focus of the Mayor Duke Bennett administration.  The mayor says they need to be cleaned up because they’re an environmental hazard.

“The money that comes to clean those up comes from the federal government,” said Mayor Bennett.  “There’s no local dollars going in, so we’re all paying federal taxes to clean up these things.”

The city engineer’s office says they now have less than 40 Brownfield sites left to remediate.

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