Keep the faith. Iola will have a dog park. A dog park was near the top of the list of desirable park plans suggested by Landworks Studio derived from public feedback. Landworks’ primary objective, when it came to parks, was to improve existing parks and develop uses for area that came to the city following the 2007 flood. Since the city parks department has to mow these areas, having a use for them makes a lot of sense.
From the people perspective, a dog park makes sense because it responds to a difference of opinion between dogs and humans. Both species need exercise. A dog’s natural instincts are to respond to that need; they don’t understand why their human doesn’t run with them. A human’s natural instinct (for too large a percentage) is to avoid the need whenever possible.