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Longview dog park to open Friday

From Staff Reports
Nov. 6, 2011 at 10 p.m.


Longview will have a grand-opening ceremony for the Stragent Dog Park on Friday.

The new park includes separate, off-leash, fenced areas for small and large dogs to exercise and socialize. The fenced area for large dogs is about 7 acres, and the small dog area is about 2 acres.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday. It will take place at the large-dog area of the park, near the 121 Summers Drive parking lot for Paul Boorman Trail. The park is also accessible from the parking lot at 2422 H.G. Mosley Parkway.

Dogs are the only animals permitted within the dog park, and must wear a tag showing current rabies vaccinations. Other rules may be viewed on the Longview Parks and Recreation website.

During the grand opening ceremony, a dog trainer will provide instructions on how to appropriately use the park and give tips on how to supervise dog behavior in the park.

While the city has provided the land and some in-kind services, funds and organizational efforts for the dog park were provided by the nonprofit organization Longview Dog Park. A significant portion of the donations were provided by the Stragent Foundation.

"What is special about projects like this is how community volunteers developed it from an idea to reality," said Director of Community Services Laura Hill. "The volunteers with Longview Dog Park worked closely with city of Longview staff on the basic concepts, but it was their efforts to do research, fundraising, and grant-writing that helped make this possible."

Kristen Ishihara with Longview Dog Park said the group has been working on the park idea for two years.

"Jennifer Ware and I heard Laura Hill give a presentation about various community park projects, and we decided to form a separate group to further the idea of a community dog park. The financial resources provided by the Stragent Foundation were pivotal in making the project happen."

More improvements are planned after Friday's grand opening, and volunteers intend to continue fundraising. One of the planned improvements is the addition of more trees next year within the large dog area.

For information, call (903) 237-1270 or visit Parks.LongviewTexas.gov or www.LongviewDogPark.com.

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