Oak Cliff is One Big Step Closer to Getting a Dog Park at Kidd Springs [Updated]

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FID Oak Cliff co-founder Michael Reagan, left, and Jason Roberts in May 2011.
Folks in Oak Cliff have been pushing for an Oak Cliff dog park for a while now. More specifically, they've been lobbying the city to pitch in for a permanent one, since they have the pop-up thing down by now.

Yesterday brought good news. According to a post on FIDO Oak Cliff's website, the city has agreed to develop a site plan and cost estimate for a permanent dog park at Kidd Springs Park.

In a letter, Councilwoman Delia Jasso cited the success of the pop-up dog park at the weekend's Mardi Gras celebration as proof "that there is a huge need for this in our area."

Michael Reagan co-founded FIDO OC in 2010 after he and neighbors became frustrated with the city's slow-moving plans for a dog park south of I-30. There was talk of putting one at Pinnacle or Kiest Park, but those would only be built in the distant future.

Reagan traces the city's newly changed attitude in part to Scott Griggs, who appointed Reagan to the city's Park Board and has pushed for a dog park at Kidd Springs even though it's not actually in his district, and receptive park staff, key among them newly appointed parks head Willis Winters.

The final straw came when Winters attended Oak Cliff's Dash For the Beads over the weekend, proceeds from which go to FIDO OC.

"When he really saw how many people came out to support this event and the success of the demonstration [dog] park that weekend and the number of people that came out with their dogs, that was the tipping point," Reagan said.

A formal timeline will have to wait until the city completes its site plan, but Reagan thinks there's enough room for separate areas for large and small dogs. And he and his fellow Oak Cliff dog lovers are pushing to make it a reality as soon as possible. "I'm hoping for yesterday," Reagan says. To help things along, FIDO OC has raised between $20,000 and $30,000 it plans to put into the park, with a more concerted fundraising effort in the works.

But this is definitely progress.

"It's felt like a very long time coming to where we are today, but we've got a little way to go," he said.


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15 comments
John1073
John1073

With every article about the OC, I am convinced only Jason Roberts actually lives there.

Travis_Rex
Travis_Rex

This is neighborhood involvement and people exercising their civic mindedness.  It is what people in Oak Cliff want and if they are willing to raise funds for it, there should be no complaint.  It isn't like Jason and Michael are begging the city for money.  In fact, Jason Roberts has brought more money and coming improvements to Oak Cliff, and the city as a whole, in far greater number than anyone in the last twenty years.  People should be wishing for more of this kind of selfless activism and concern for our neighborhoods.

FEDUP
FEDUP

Why in HELL does the city of Dallas need a fucking dog park, DOGS DON'T KNOW THE FUCKIN DIFFERENCE from a dog park, to a regular park? Oh I see let's cater to the damn LIBERALS and their ratting animals, join hands now and sing Kum-fuckin-baya!


ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

How about a Pop Up Hipster Park- a place for Fedora wearing PBR drinking types.  We can wrangle them all together in one place and the let the heavens rain golf balls down on them

winner
winner

@FEDUP Yeah, so a dog park is a designated fenced area (typically 2 areas for large and small dogs) with facilities such as potable water and poop bag dispensers and trash cans. It's mainly for dog owners who don't have a yard and want to exercise their pets in a space where the dog can't run into the street and get hit by a car. It's also there just to piss you off. Win/win!!

bifftannen
bifftannen

@FEDUP So we collect all the dog poop in one place, and then dump it on your doorstep.

robbysalz
robbysalz

@FEDUP look man I'd rather have all the dogs in one poopy place than all over the dang park poopin' it up everywhere

John1073
John1073

I think that is the new golf course and horse park the city wants to build

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@manpanties sorry, wasnt directing that towards anyone in general so the pic really had nothing to do with me talking about a fedora

Tolldya
Tolldya

Don't beat yourself so much, Fedup.  You can't help it.

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