City Goes to the Dogs as More Dog Parks Set to Open

They're barking for joy in the Bowen's Crossing neighborhood on the city's northwest side, because the city's Parks & Recreation Department today opened the first in a series of dog parks which will be popping up around the city, News Radio 1200 WOAI reprots.

When voters were considering the 2017 citywide bond issue, one thing they wanted was parks designed for dogs, the Connie Swann of Parks & Rec says they have tried to deliver.

"We have dog waste pickup," she said. "We want to make sure people pick up their dog waste, and don't leave it in the park. We have water stations for the dogs, water fountains at a really low level."

She says the parks have separate trails for larger and smaller breeds, as well as increased security.

Swann says several dog parks are popping up around the city.

"We have several more projects in the works," she said. "We have one urban dog park at Maverick Park coming up, and antother at Oscar Perez."

She says the Maverick Park dog park will be big, because more and more people are moving downtown and to adjacent areas like the Pearl, and many of those new arrivals have dogs in the family.

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