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Dog area and skateboard park top ideas for waterfront land

WENATCHEE — An off-leash dog area and a skateboard/BMX track emerged as the top ideas for a new waterfront park at a meeting earlier this week.

About 35 people attended a city open house on Tuesday to gather ideas on how to develop about five acres on either side of the Pipeline Bridge along Wenatchee’s riverfront.

The land was donated earlier this year by the Hale family.

The city parks board hopes to have a final design for the park by November. The city would like to start applying for grant funding early next year and build the park in 2016.

During the brainstorming meeting at City Hall, a dog park got 14 votes, followed closely by 12 votes for a skateboard/BMX park.

Ideas getting fewer but multiple votes included a waterfront trail connection to South Wenatchee neighborhoods, restrooms, a stage and live-music venue, splash pad, trees and landscaping, playground equipment, picnic areas, basketball courts, community gardens, fishing access and miniature golf.

Suggestions that got just one vote each included a recreation center, water slides, fountains, fishing pond, go-cart track and tennis courts.

The city will continue to accept ideas for the park’s development until Oct. 16. They can be submitted to parks director Dave Erickson at

Reach Russ Hemphill at 509-665-1161 or . Follow him on Twitter at @Worldcityeditor.

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