Dog park project ok'd by council

By Matt Ward

 

Fredericksburg’s canine residents will soon have a spot of their own as formal approval for a dog park facility inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park was given by the Fredericksburg City Council during their regular meeting Monday evening.

“City dog parks bring all kinds of benefits to the public, not just dog and dog owners, but to the whole community itself,” Jody Donovan, representative of the non-profit Fredericksburg Dog Park Association said, highlighting the emphasis placed on safety for the animals and humans, as well as the educational and recreational benefits of having a park in town.

“Socialized dogs that have been around other dogs regularly tend to be more behaving, not a nuisance in barking and chewing things up,” he added.

The fenced park will be constructed on 5.77 acres of land between the RV campgrounds at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and the adjacent Gillespie County Airport.

Fundraising efforts will begin immediately and may take up to two years, with an additional year for construction of the park under the terms of the agreement.

Donovan said he expects the project to be completed much sooner than the allotted three-year window.

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