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RCSCW schedules additional meeting to discuss dog park plans


The Recreation Centers of Sun City West has scheduled a third  public meeting to discuss plans to update the community’s dog parks.


The meeting will begin 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West.


Earlier meetings resulted in plan revisions that were more widely accepted by the park users; the final meeting is designed to confirm the details and ensure everyone who wants to provide feedback has an opportunity to do so.


There are three specific parks being discussed. Revisions to the small dog park are estimated at $134,000 and are being proposed in the FY 2018-19 budget, which the Governing Board is expected to approve in May. Renovation of the large dog park (estimated to cost $213,000), and construction of a new satellite dog park adjacent to Meeker Mountain (estimated to cost $238,000) would be proposed in the FY 2019-20 budget.


The small dog park plans would add 7,512 square feet to the east of the current park. Two additional 10-foot by 20-foot canopies and six benches also would be added. An entry gate between the new and expanded areas would allow for some separation but easy crossover between the two. Canopies and benches in the existing park would be relocated, and a 4-foot perimeter walk around the park would be added.


For the large dogs, renovations to the existing park would include new turf, eight new benches, four new shade structures, a drainage system, perimeter sidewalk, walls and fencing. The new satellite park – which would include turf, walks, fencing, grading, drainage, six benches and three shade canopies – would allow easier access for those who have trouble walking to the current large dog park, which is behind the tennis courts. Additionally, it could be used for all dog owners when the other small or large parks are closed to rest or reseed the turf.


Residents with an interest in the dog parks are encouraged to attend the April 30 meeting to learn more, ask questions and provide input. Additionally, residents are invited to attend one of three upcoming forums where the entire 2018-19 fiscal year budget will be discussed:


  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Palm Ridge’s Summit Hall B, 13800 Deer Valley Drive, Sun City West
  • 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd.
  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the Lecture Hall.
  1. Marty Broaddus says:

    The concepts for the new or improved dog parks are a great idea and we need to update this feature just like other parts of SCW.
    My concern is that SCW is said to be an active 55+ community,(not a retirement community) my wish would be that meetings could be held at times so that those of us who work (by choice or need or from want) could attend meetings, all of them not just for the dog park. The canine companion club has two of their board members that fall into this category.

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Marty. Regarding the dog park meetings, we don’t have another one planned after the April 30 meeting, however if one is to be added to the schedule, the Rec Manager says we will definitely attempt to hold it in the evening. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments about the dog park renovation plans, feel free to email to be heard. Kristie Riester fields these emails personally and can send information about the project out to you and answer any questions. As far as regular Governing Board meetings and Workshops, they are held during the day because that’s when the vast majority of our residents are out and active. As more and more folks that are still in the workforce move into the community, it may be something the Governing Board can consider and we will pass your comments along to them. Thanks for your input.

  2. Marylou Grether says:

    We have an opportunity to attend public hearings but are the residents given an opportunity to vote on the proposed renovation costs??. $350,000 buys a large, lovely home in SCW possibly with a golf course view. I think the costs are outrageous for dogs, and our money could be better spent elsewhere. It sounds like we are going to the dogs!!

    • Hi Marylou. Per the Bylaws, the Governing Board is charged with approving the budget, including capital projects. The members would only vote in the case of a non-budgeted capital item that exceeded 2 percent of the gross consolidated revues of the Association’s current budget. Three public budget forums are coming up, during which time members are encouraged to attend and voice their support or concerns about items in the budget, including capital projects. The dog park hearing is an opportunity to express your opinions on those items in particular. We hope you take advantage of these opportunities and attend to learn more and ask questions.

  3. Robert Netoskie says:

    I hope that the plans presented for the new and upgraded large dog park come to be. I would hate for the users to be short changed, and only get the bare minimum, to just be compliant for the ADA. You have our hopes up, please don’t let us down

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