Butch Hulse Dog Park opened Wednesday

Photo by Greg Eichelberger
Staff Writer

The "Butch Hulse Dog Park" was officially opened at noon on Wednesday.
The dog park is located on Airport Rd. in Blackfoot.
"Butch Hulse had this idea for a dog park in Blackfoot about 20 years ago," Blackfoot Police Chief Kurt Asmus said.
"As a member of the Blackfoot Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) and later, as a Blackfoot city council member, he took a lot of grief for this idea."
He continued, "As I looked at Idaho Falls and Pocatello, I noticed dog parks have helped those cities get new animal shelters.
The Snake River Animal Shelter has taken over responsibility for Blackfoot's animal shelter. Maybe we can get our own new animal shelter.
Asmus added, "It turns out, Butch was forward thinking; some of the rest of us had to be pulled along to get here."
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis said, "This was the brainchild of Butch Hulse."
He then recognized people and businesses who helped to bring the dog park to fruition. This included Paula Hulse, Jeannie Hulse Williams, Cruz Brothers, Liberty Plumbing, Wes Hadden of Yellowstone Fencing, the Blackfoot street and water departments, Amanda with the Blackfoot Police Department, Braden and Tracen Mangum, who contributed scholarship money, Kathy Rhead of Graphic Productions and Taylor Bingham wrote the grants.
The Idaho Community Foundation contributed $10,000 grant to this project; the Union Pacific Foundation contributed $5,000.