Bryan Dog Park Grand OpeningInterviews Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Bryan Special Events Coordinator Gwynne Shillings gives a sneak peak at the grand opening for Bryan’s new dog park at Morris Buzz Hamilton Park on Saturday, October 30, during an appearance on The Infomaniacs, Thursday, 24 October.
Click below to listen to Gwynne Shillings visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.GwynneShillings102413.mp3
Additional information, courtesy of the city of Bryan:
Morris Buzz Hamilton Memorial Dog Park opens
The City of Bryan’s new park has tails wagging.
The first dog park in Bryan, Texas is now located within the ten acres of the Morris Buzz Hamilton Memorial Park.
Plans for the park began in 2011, when Darrell Lovelette, City of Bryan Director of Parks and Recreation, saw potential in the land within the park.
Existing non-motorized trails were already popular among dog owners, and the surrounding population and housing growth generated an increased interest in the area.
“There was a need and interest in a dog park expressed by citizens,” said Lovelette. “The city already had space that could best be used for something like this.”
Lovelette had previously constructed a dog park in another city and utilized that experience to lead a complete in-house design.
His team began researching other parks and what amenities would work best for dogs and owners alike.
Susan Monnat is a civil engineer with the city and designer of the project.
“We referenced other dog park layouts from across the country, from Florida to Georgia and North Carolina,” said Monnat. “We also reviewed the dog park in College Station for ideas on what to do and what to improve on.”
The dog park features three fenced areas, for both large and small dogs, and a common area for all breeds.
Unlike at a public park, dogs will be allowed off leash within the fenced areas.
The park’s fences, gates and turf are specifically designed for durability and pet safety.
Amenities, such as water fountains, are uniquely designed for pets and people.
The park also features showers for pets.
Lovelette looks forward to partnering with community groups to ensure the dog park’s long-term success.
Bob Holmes works as a City of Bryan parks manager and also leads a dog owner’s group.
His group is excited to assist in developing a culture at the new park.
“We hope to build a sense of community within the people who utilize the park,” said Holmes. “We want to assist the city by being the eyes and ears of the area, helping run special events at the park and fundraising to add additional amenities in the future.”
The park’s Howl-O-Ween Grand Opening is on October 30, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Owners are encouraged to bring their pets in costume.
Following a short ceremony, dogs and owners are welcome to explore the park and enjoy refreshments.
Dog treats and surprises will also be available.
The park is located off Park Hudson Trail between Highway 158 and Copperfield Drive.
Patron parking will be available at Bowen Elementary School.
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