Opening of new CiCo dog park announced

By Maura Wery

A new park for both four-legged and two-legged visitors is now open, a parks official announced Monday at the Riley County Commission meeting. The 1-acre space on the northwest side of CiCo Park was completed recently.

“We’ve had a good response from the public so far,” parks supervisor Greg Lund said. “We have had a few requests for a picnic table out there, and we just added one to the park.”

Lund said that the space is fenced off and gives dog owners the ability to unleash their dogs and let them run around. Lund said that the park includes a rules and regulation sign and a animal waste clean-up center as well.

Lund said the parks department is considering installing agility equipment similar to that at the Fairmont Park dog park, but on a smaller scale.

“CiCo is about half the space of Fairmont’s dog parks,” Lund said, “but we are looking into having the equipment there too. It’s just a limited area.”

Lund said that even though the fenced-in area is complete there are still a few maintenance items on the agenda. One is cutting down the existing pine trees and replacing them with new trees.

Lund said that the park can be accessed from both Kimball and Avery avenues, and handicap parking is available.

Food-safety classes

September is National Food Safety Month, and the K-State Extension office is offering classes to help those in food service learn about food safety.

Riley County Extension Agent Ginny Barnard reported to the commission that the extension would be having two trainings for both employees and managers.

“The first class will be just for employees and will cover the basics of food safety,” Barnard said.

The class will be four hours long, and it will cost $10.

Barnard said that the manager course will also be four hours and will cost $105.

“In that class it’s more in-depth, and there is a book that comes with it,” she said.

The employee class will be Oct. 23 and the manager course will be Nov. 16.

The extension office also has materials for household use. It has information on keep times in both the pantry and refrigerator and freezer along with an ingredient substitution list, Barnard said.

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