By Rusty Bradshaw
Dogs can do their business at Duffeeland Dog Park, 14610 N. Del Webb Blvd., but their owners are forced to hold it. Recreation centers of Sun City officials are looking into changing that.
During its April 25 meeting the board entertained a motion to place a porta-potty at the dog park for human use. The motion was passed to a second reading and will be considered at the board’s next regular meeting, 9 a.m. Monday, May 13 in the auditorium at Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave.
While the motion moved forward, it did not do so without some speed bumps.
“Is this really a board issue?” asked board member Rich Hoffer. “Isn’t this something that can be handled by staff/”
Jan Ek, RCSC general manager, said the question of restrooms at the dog park came up during board work sessions prior to the board’s switch to fully open meetings.
“In previous work session we asked for it and were denied,” she said.
Ms. Ek told the board a porta-potty at the dog park was not in the corporation’s 2019 budget, but she was convinced the cost could be covered. She added permanent restrooms at the park were not planned at this time, but could be if included in a future budget.
Board member Dale Lehrer said she was in favor of the proposal because the dog park was not different than any other RCSC chartered club.“There are no public restrooms anywhere in the vicinity (of the dog park),” she said.
Board member Diana Graettinger agreed, but said permanent restrooms should be included in the budgeting process.