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New Albany dog park set to open, despite objections

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The fences are up, the gazebos are in, and requirements and payment have been established.

By the start of October, New Albany pet lovers will have their first dog park.

"For your first pup it's $15, the next one's $10, the next one's $5 ," New Albany Mayor, Jeff Gahan said.

From the beginning, Tony Nava didn't think any of it should happen.

"Why do you want a bulldozer to come in and eradicate 6,000 years of history?" he told WDRB in March.

Nava is part of Kentuckiana American Indian Advocates and says archaeologists from the Department of Natural Resources found artifacts belonging to the Shawnee and Mississippian tribes at Cannon Acres Park. 

Mayor Gahan said at the beginning, the plan wasn't as detailed as it should've been. In the days since, he said, specifications have been made and crews were careful during construction, taking the area Nava was concerned about into account.  

"We put temp fencing up here to protect it so construction vehicles wouldn't cross it," Mayor Gahan said.

He said he hoped their consideration would help the two sides find common ground, but Thursday, all Nava said he felt was disrespect. 

"The mayor did not listen to what the Native American community had, because we specifically said that a lot of the fences and pathways were going to go over the top of a 6,000-year-old ceremonial platform," Nava said. "I think the city of New Albany took no regard."

It's rough road to open a new park for pets, that Mayor Gahan still hopes the community will enjoy.

"I do think it's a really great use of the property, while at the same time, being respectful to our ancestors," he said.

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New Albany residents worried Native American historical site may be turned into dog park

Local Native Americans aim to protect New Albany's Cannon Acres Park from dog park plans

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