The Dallas Park and Recreation Board approved more than $43,000 to fund a strategic plan to improve the White Rock Lake dog park. The Observer’s Unfair Park has commentary from Willis Winters, assistant park director, about money going to the dogs’ park — interestingly, Winters says “the park, originally constructed with money from private donations, has claim to $1 million out of the $4 million in bond funds allocated to White Rock Lake in 2006”. Not bad for a venture everybody apparently thought was a nutty idea at first. In not-at-all-surprising points, Willis said parking and flooding are major issues that will be addressed in the upcoming study, which will be conducted by Jacobs Engineering Group. Sure, the flooding and parking issues are a pain, but here’s a question/concern that’s sure to come up: With the city budget crisis at the forefront of community consciousness, how do we justify $43,000 — and maybe a million in the long run — to a little ‘ol dog park that is not-so-bad as is?  

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