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  • Dog waste clean-up stations on the way

    Mar 29, 2016 | Read More News
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    Picking up after Fido just got easier, thanks to a local Eagle Scout who has built 40 dog waste stations to be installed at Pima County dog parks and at several locations along The Loop.

    Tanner HarlineTanner Harline, a 15-year-old Mountain View High School student, was looking for a service project when he was connected through his Scoutmaster with George Kuck, operations maintenance manager for Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. Kuck showed Tanner a prototype dog waste station constructed of PVC pipe and capable of holding empty plastic grocery bags.

    Tanner figured he could replicate it with the help of his dad, an engineer at Raytheon.

    “I called family and friends to help,” Tanner said. “Some cut PVC, some drilled.”

    A few weeks ago, Tanner delivered the finished waste stations to NRPR headquarters. Now they just need to be filled with plastic bags and installed.

    Enter four Salpointe Catholic High School students, who are completing their senior impact service requirement. The seniors -- Jacob Cole, Joey Irish, Anthony Nguyen, and Evan Nye -- volunteered to collect hundreds of plastic bags and help install and fill the stations for a school service project. 

    The students will meet NRPR staff Friday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m. in front of the visitor center at Brandi Fenton Park, 3482 E. River Road. They will break into teams and install the dispensers at Austin Fitzgerald Memorial Dog Park at Brandi Fenton, then at locations along the Rillito River Park section of The Loop. The remaining dispensers will eventually be distributed to all Pima County dog parks and then throughout the parks system, including The Loop.

    The project enables dog owners to make use of unwanted plastic bags and provides significant cost savings to the county, which had been supplying scoop bags with metal reinforced frames and cardboard handles simply as a courtesy to dog owners. 

    With the installation of the new dog waste stations, “there is no reason to continue ordering these bags,” Sherrie Barfield, NRPR assistant operations maintenance operations manager, said. “But we will stock the old dispensers until we exhaust our supply of bags.”

    Tanner said the cost savings were part of what attracted him to the project. “I liked the idea that this would really affect the community,” Tanner said, “and save Pima County money.”

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