County Board considers new dog park near Oregon

The Dane County Park Commission has approved a $48,934 contract with KL Engineering for design and architectural work on a new off-leash dog facility at Anderson Farm County Park near Oregon, and now the matter goes before the full County Board. The next meeting of the full Dane County Board is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m., in Room 201 of the City-County Building.

This particular dog park proposal is linked to the late Dane County Supervisor and Wisconsin Legislator Lyman Anderson, who was known as a dog lover. Anderson Farm County Park is named after the Lyman F. Anderson Family farmstead, which was founded at the site in 1886. Anderson passed away in 2005.

The park, located on Union Road just south of the village of Oregon, is approximately 310 acres in size and features a mix of woodland, agricultural fields, and a small prairie. It was established in 2014 and is the newest recreation park in the Dane County Parks system.

Dane County currently offers seven other off-leash dog parks, including Badger Prairie, Capital Springs Recreation Area, Indian Lake, Prairie Moraine, Token Creek, Viking, and Yahara Heights. A permit is required and is valid at all dog parks.

Dane County Supervisor Jerry Bollig of Oregon, whose 31st district includes Anderson Farm County Park, says it’s appropriate to locate the newest dog park there. “It’s exciting to observe how county staff and the many volunteers are keeping the former Anderson farmstead productive,” says Bollig. “The dog park will contribute to the heath and enjoyment of users and bring Anderson Farm County Park another step closer to becoming a destination for county residents.”

County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan, who represents district 24 in Middleton, touts studies that show the benefits of pet ownership go well beyond exercise. “Pets can improve mental health, longevity, and our overall quality of life,” she states.