I Wonder: Why is there a playground behind a barbed wire fence?

I Wonder: Why is there a playground behind a barbed wire fence?

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I Wonder: Why is there a playground behind a barbed wire fence?

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by Don Day
KTVB.COM

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Posted on December 2, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 1:16 AM

I wonder why there is a “fake” playground under the water tower just off the freeway in Nampa? It is behind razor-wired chain link fence and the equipment is painted blue and red.
-HK, Nampa

Every kid likes a playground – a fun place to hang out, run, jump and play of course.

But what good is a playground if it is located behind a chain link fence lined with barbed wire?

This playground isn’t for kids – or even people… it’s a place for dogs. The City of Nampa uses the space under the famous white water tower as an outdoor course to train police dogs.

“It’s a great way to make use of that property – since you can't do much else with it because of the water tower,” City of Nampa Spokesperson Sharla Arledge said. "It’s pretty visible, especially if you are headed toward Boise.”

A series of ramps, planks, stairs and even a teeter-totter come together to form the small outdoor course. Officers use it and space inside the nearby former Zilog building to perform weekly training.

The puppy playground comes in handy for officers and their dogs.

“That's just part of the training of the dog - to get in and out of a window or in and out of a building,” Nampa Police Lieutenant Shane Gehring said. “They direct their dog like an obedience course.”

Gehring says the fence and barbed wire are to keep people out of the area – especially when officers are training their animals.

The training course went in just about a year ago, and Gehring says it’s made it easier to perform training with animals.

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