Dog park

Dog owners are looking for a place for their pets to run off some energy, but a proposed dog park in May Park has been controversial.

The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department’s top priorities for the next couple of years will include expanding the Recreation Center — if voters approve funding for it in November — and planning at Karns Meadow and Phil Baux Park.

Projects like a park at Teton Village, planning for the Stilson Ranch and a dog park will wait until 2021 or later, according to a work plan proposed by department director Steve Ashworth and approved Monday by elected officials.

“The goal of the work plan is generally trying to understand our priorities to ensure that your staff is focusing their efforts in the best place,” Ashworth said. “And we’re being transparent on what we can accomplish and how we can accomplish that effectively.”

The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department has a lot on its plate, which prompted Ashworth to ask elected officials to approve a prioritized to-do list.

Ashworth said both staff and the parks and rec advisory board agreed park planning was not as high a priority as some other projects. He suggested that in the future, town and county officials could budget to hire someone to be a parks planner to provide the department with extra capacity.

“That could expedite a lot of these projects, and you could accomplish all the projects on this list if you did that,” Ashworth said.

The approved work plan is available at

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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