Dog park to be named after Laykos
Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:00 AM
Changes are coming to Madison's dog park.
The Madison Parks and Recreation Board voted unanimously to pursue a name change for the park.
Dan Cole, president of the board, made a motion at Wednesday's monthly meeting to name the park after Laykos, the police dog that died in July after fighting cancer.
Laykos had been a member of the Madison Police Department since February 2009.
Parks Director Dave Stucker said his hope would be to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony with a sign in honor of Laykos within a month or two.
Cole said anyone interested in donating money for the new sign should contact Deputy Yancy Denning at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
Also at the meeting, Boy Scout Kendall Spiller asked the board for permission to build two 8-by-16-foot shelters at the entrance of the small dog and large dog sides of the park. The shelters would provide shade and seating.
"There's no shade in the beginning area where most people sit," Spiller said.
Spiller is doing the work for his Eagle Scout service project.
In addition to the two slanted-roof shelter houses, Spiller said he plans to replace planks in wooden benches and pull weeds from the fence.
The board approved Spiller's request.
Spiller has to go before his City Council to schedule the work, but he said he hoped to have it completed in a two- to-four-day period.