Everyone and their dogs are invited to Bark for Your Park event at Stevenson Park Friday, Sept. 16 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Sponsored by PetSafe® and Friendswood Parks and Recreation Department, the event will showcase a grant award presentation and park bridge ribbon cutting.
The grant presentation will be given by PetSafe®, a Tennessee based company that develops pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. PetSafe®. is awarding $250,000 in grants nationwide through their Bark for Your Park™ program.
Friendswood is one of five Southwestern cities that PetSafe®. Friendswood is getting $25,000 and it will be used in a new dog park in town, an Eagle Scout project by Friendswood High School freshman Caden Fischer.
Fischer has asked the community to contribute to the dog park project. So far, he has collected more than $15,500. It was Fischer’s initial efforts that interested PetSafe®.
“We were extremely impressed with the amount of enthusiasm and dedication the community has shown for building a local dog park,” CEO of Radio Systems® Corporation, makers of the PetSafe® Brand, Willie Wallace said. “We are honored to be able to help the City of Friendswood build a dog park that the community’s members and pets can enjoy for years to come, while also assisting Caden Fischer to achieve his rank as an Eagle Scout.”
The new dog park will open in 2017 and will be 1.6 acres in Old City Park by Merriewood Drive. There will be separate areas for small and large dogs, water fountains for dogs and owners, benches, shade structures and pet waste stations.
The grant money from PetSafe® will allow the city to purchase fencing for the park as well as additional amenities, according to Recreation Manager Heather Whitty.
The park bridge ribbon cutting will also take place at the Bark for Your Park event.
Stevenson Park and Old City Park were linked earlier this year with the completion of new trails and the placement of a bridge over Cowards Creek. This increased connectivity between parks was part of the City’s Master Plan for Parks.
The evening will also have a concert in the park, puppy portraits, food trucks and door prizes.
Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. All dogs MUST be on leashes.
Stevenson Park is located at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive.
Story by Karolyn Gephart