SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A popular Springfield dog park has some dog owners concerned because parts of it are covered in broken glass.
Cruse Dog Park has been a dog park for almost ten years now. But many years before that it was a landfill. And rainfall and erosion are uncovering its past.
A major concern is all the glass they find on the ground, especially around the benches near the entrance, and they say it gets worse when it rains.
For the most part, however, dog owners are happy with what the dog has to offer.
“I think it’s great, I live in an apartment,” said Kayla Crawford. “And my dog is very hyper so this is a good place for me to take him.”
“Overall it’s a nice park, with minor issues,” said Edward Henry.
And those minor issues have become constant…
“Glass can punch a tire and a dog’s paw is like skin,” said Crawford.
“You got an accident waiting to happen,” Henry said.
Jenny Fillmer Edwards with Springfield-Greene County Park Board says she’s aware of the glass situation.
“Our operations staff does go out there periodically,” she said. “We may not get out there the same day or the next, but they do get logged and do eventually get out there.”
But some say not often enough.
“They might rake it up, but in a week you have it again, the first rain more comes to the surface,” Henry said.
Edwards says this issue is not unique to this park.
“Another example is a ball field,” she said. “We will make a ball field very smooth, and at the end of the season, rocks and stuff will surface.”
Another concern for some dog owners is flooding in parts of the park.
“The drainage is not very good here,” Henry said. “Water will pool over by the gate, and it pools down here in the bottom.”
Some gravel was recently installed to help temporarily. A drain project is scheduled for the summer to be built beneath the Greenway Trail to help address the flooding at the park. The trail and the park will be closed for that and those closures will be announced in advance.
As far as the glass goes, dog owners wish something could be done.
“It would be nicer if they just did a little more upkeep on it,” Henry said.
But the Park Board says there’s no permanent solution.
“It’s never going to end,” said Edwards. “We are just going to have to keep picking it up.”