Dog park still in cards for Johnson Lane |

Dog park still in cards for Johnson Lane

The new bathrooms installed at Johnson Lane Park were built by Minden firm Public Restroom Co.
Kurt Hildebrand |

A dog park is still in the works for Johnson Lane Park, though it will be spring 2017 before it is installed.

Douglas County Community Services Director Scott Morgan said the dog park isn’t included in the bid package commissioners will see on Thursday.

“The dog park is a relatively small expense and will be done as its own project in order to save money,” Morgan said on Thursday. “We did not want to pay prevailing wage and competitively bid out a project that is mostly chain-link fence. Because of the size and cost of this project, it is a standalone, we will obtain three quotes from local fencing companies and complete the project using this delivery method.”

While the fencing itself isn’t in the bid package going to commissioners, the infrastructure to support the dog park, including a waterline, drinking fountain and electrical systems, are.

The bid package going before commissioners on Thursday includes the tennis courts and site improvements.

Johnson Lane Park is located on Stephanie Way, near Piñon Hills Elementary School and next door to the Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Station.

Built in the early 1990s using a $1,000 per home residential construction tax, the park is on a five-acre site, with a two-acre softball-baseball-soccer field, an outdoor basketball court, restrooms, a picnic shelter and play area.

Money raised over the past 20 years accumulated the $1 million that’s being used to pay for the improvements.

New restrooms are in place after being delivered by Minden firm Public Restroom Co., which is located less than one mile away from the park.

In order to provide year round access, the restroom is radiant heated and opened and closed by an automated self-locking door system that eliminates the need for staff to open and close facilities daily.

The company has hundreds of millions of dollars in park restrooms located from Alaska to the South Pole.

President Chuck Kaufman said he is planning a 52,000 square foot expansion at his factory in the Carson Valley Business Park.

He hopes to be into construction by the fall. The new addition will also add 40 new employees. This is in addition to the 26 new employees that were added in the last 12 months for a current total of 75 employees.

Public Restroom Co. is new to Douglas County as of 2013 and is located in the former BMC West building in 2013 on the corner of Johnson Lane and Business Parkway. The company invested $1.6 million in facility renovation before starting manufacturing in 2014.