By KAROLYN GEPHART
The new dog park and canine splash pad have names. Naming the two were part of the recent City Council meeting in Friendswood.
The dog park, located in Old City Park in Friendswood, will be named Friendswood PetSafe® Dog Park.
PetSafe® is a Tennessee-based company that develops pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. The company sponsored a special event in Fall 2016, Bark for Your Park and presented the check for $25,000 at that time.
The name was chosen as a result of the Bark for Your Park grant of $25,000 given to the City of Friendswood in 2016. The grant was to construct a new dog park and the grant rules specified that the City would permanently include the sponsor’s name and logo in all materials related to the park.
City Council also allocated some funding for the project and Friendswood High School student Caden Fischer made the dog park his Eagle Scout project, raising more than $16,330.
The City also wanted to raise additional revenue to fund a dog splash pad to be constructed in the new dog park.
On Dec. 26, 2016 Cary and Stephanie Wilson contacted city officials with a request to donate $25,000 from Ron Carter Autoland in Alvin. Within the agreement was the request for naming rights to the splash pad for dogs that would be installed in the new dog park.
Through the agreement of the donation, the splash pad will be called Ron Carter Doggy Splash Pad. A large sign with this designation will be placed on both sides of the fence separating the large dog park area from the small dog park.
The naming rights for both the park and the future splash pad were part of the sponsorship agreements. The city owns and controls both locations.
The dog park is located in Old City Park, closest to Merriewood Drive. Trails and a bridge over Cowards Creek connects the park to Stevenson Park.