Members of the Planning and Design Committee of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board are meeting at City Hall this morning to decide whether to begin moving forward with the $1.2 million plan to renovate the White Rock Lake-Mockingbird Off-Leash Dog Park.
Last May we gave a sneak peak of the proposed plans. Nearly a year later, the community is wondering what is taking so long. In a response to an inquiry on Facebook, the White Rock Lake Dog Park Facebook page administrator replied,”The City has put it on hold again. We do not have a new [estimated time of arrival] for the improvements. They have given us several dates but keep pushing them out. I believe it has something to do with the prices of construction going back up putting the project behind on funds to get the work done but I’m not positive about that.”
The park has been open for nearly 12 years, but in those years, the place has morphed into more of a pooch-mud-wrestling pit than a free space for dogs to run. The proposed improvements would include another access gate from the trail and would repave the gravel parking lot. Unfair Park blogger Erik Nicholson also reported this week that the city has decided to modify its original plans of astroturf and instead install irrigation under natural grass to prevent the aforementioned mud-wrestling.
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