City Preps For $1.1 Million Renovation of White Rock Dog Park

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The White Rock Dog Park is a wonderful place, and not just because it was the the first official off-leash space in the city. It's a friendly place reliably thronged with good-natured canines and the people who love them. It's part of what makes White Rock Lake such a gem.

That said, the park has a tendency to turn into a mud pit, much of the grass having been worn away by overuse; it's often overcrowded and a headache to get to by car; and it lacks the some of the amenities enjoyed by its newer cousins in Far North Dallas.

All of that is presumably why the city of Dallas is embarking on a $1.1 million renovation/expansion of the park. The Parks Board is set to decide Thursday whether to allocate the money, which will come from 2006 bond funds.

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The Park Board agenda is light on detail, and the city hasn't yet returned a call, but trolling through the White Rock Dog Park's Facebook page reveals the schematic you see above. Judging from that, it looks like the large dog park will be expanded to include a chunk of the brushy area currently outside the fence. The heart of both the large- and small-dog areas will be covered with an "improved surface," presumably a durable synthetic, presumably to reduce the amount of bare dirt.

A gate to the large dog area will be added along the trail, something that's sorely needed. That and the other entries will be done in stone with prominent signage. There will be a dog wash, "shade structures," an observation deck overlooking the swimming area, and a place for events. And finally, the overflow parking lot, currently gravel with a bottleneck of an entry, will be paved and striped.

These are all much needed improvements. Here's hoping they get cracking soon.

Update on March 6

That's the one major change to the original plans, the rendering of which you see above. The city has jettisoned the artificial turf idea. The manufacturer had claimed that it wouldn't stink but, given the climate and the volume of dog urine and feces it would have to absorb, the city had its doubts. "Looking at it, it does get hot here and, more than likely, if it's not constantly washed down, it would start to smell pretty bad," Stauffer said.

The turf would also have an antimicrobial agent that, while presumably cutting down on the smell, would need to be replenished on a regular basis, making it unworkable.

Instead, the city's going with real grass. To keep it from turning into a large dirt patch, the plan is to install an irrigation system and improve drainage.


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FEDUP
FEDUP

$1.1 million for a fuckin dog park, are you fuckin kidding me?  The park caters to the people not the damn dog! Release your dog outside and tell me how many of them RUNNNNNN to the dog park? Let the assholes who have been brainwashed that believe dogs need their own fuckin park, PAY FOR IT! Charge $20.00 ($10 for the dog and the person catering to the damn dog). Then see how many dumb shits take their dog to the dog park.  Next thing you see will be a damn cat park.


EastDallasDad
EastDallasDad

We quit going to the dog park because of the mud and overcrowding. If the city isn't willing to support it and improve it, they should just close it. 

I wouldn't mind a small yearly access fee to support the park but I'm not sure how that could be enforced.

george
george

Is it a running joke that anytime the city spends money on improving things, everyone on the comments section whines about potholes? Its just something I have noticed from reading this. I really dont understand it either, I rarely hit any potholes. Have you people been to any midwest or northeast cities? I dont think they would survive with all those potholes. Also, you can take all the money the city spends on improving or creating non-pothole things (bridge, deck park, trolley, etc) in this city and fix all the potholes and you know what you have in 5 years? You have new potholes and decepit old parks.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

Clearly the sequester is having an adverse effect or else this would have been 1.1 billion. 

Darren
Darren

$1.1mil so a dog can take a dump by a lake, but I can't drive down any street in Dallas without hitting 1600 potholes.  Glad the city has it's priorities straight!

tbarker1
tbarker1

I need some liposuction, will the Park Board please upgrade me!

BushwoodSmithie
BushwoodSmithie

The entrance to the trail is a bad idea. Since the city removed the bike lane from Mockingbird that stretch of the trail is particularly congested. You've already got runners and cyclists dodging around clueless walkers who step in front of them without looking or just stand around on the too narrow bridge over the lake. Throw in even more clueless dog owners with twelve foot leashes and you might as well have Dallas Fire Rescue permanently station a MICU there.



observist
observist topcommenter

That's a lot of money for a litter box.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@george

"Is it a running joke that anytime the city spends money on improving things, everyone on the comments section whines about potholes?"

Never underestimate the power of pothole rhetoric. Laura Miller won an election on that shit. (She never did anything about them anyway.)

tbarker1
tbarker1

@BushwoodSmithie  That has been  a very dangerous entrance and the bike trail side is just as dangerous.  My fellow cyclists hammer the down-slope, cut corners and are just plain unhelpful.

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