Off-leash dog park approved at city park

FORMER CITY MANAGER Gary Neffendorf and incumbent councilman Graham Pearson were sworn into office Monday evening by city secretary Shelley Britton as they begin two-year terms on the Fredericksburg City Council following their election on May 11. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

Former Fredericksburg city manager Gary Neffendorf and incumbent councilman Graham Pearson took the oath of office to begin their two-year terms on the Fredericksburg City Council prior to the city’s regular meeting Monday, which saw the council approve plans for an off-leash dog park at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Jody Donovan, representing the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association (FDPA), presented the proposal, which passed by a 4-1 vote with Neffendorf opposed.

Donovan said the non-profit group would raise 100 percent of the construction and development costs.

FDPA will work in conjunction with city parks and recreation director Jimmy Alexander on the design and construction of the project.

The city’s agreement, which will be drafted by City Attorney Pat McGowan, is expected to be similar to the agreement reached between the city and the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club for the planned skate park facility at Old Fair Park.

FDPA will return to the council with a finalized design at a future meeting.

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