By Karolyn Gephart
It is official: dogs in Friendswood have their own park. The grand opening of Friendswood PetSafe® Dog Park was August 28 with a ribbon cutting, vendors, giveaways and many dogs with their owners.
The 1.6 acre park began as an Eagle Scout project by local Life Scout Caden Fischer. It took several years to reach fruition but the anticipated wait was over recently.
Fischer worked to be able to raise over $106,000 for the project. The money came from an all day car wash that Fischer organized and held, a generous donation from Ron Carter Dealership (Carey Wilson) and a grant through the PetSafe® Bark for Your Park™ program, a grant program that provides funding to create safe, off-leash dog parks nationwide.
Parks Director James Tony welcomed the community who attended the opening and introduced Mayor Mike Foreman who complimented the work of Fischer in providing the city with a wonderful new park for dogs.
“Because of people who dream big, there are years of fun ahead for pet owners and their dogs at the Friendswood PetSafe® Dog Park,” Mayor Foreman said.
The summer hours for the park are 7 am to 8 pm with winter hours 7 am to 5:30 pm. The park is closed Mondays for maintenance,
To be able to take a dog to the park, a city pet tag must be purchased by completing a form, attached a certificate of the pet’s rabies vaccination certificate, and paying a small fee. The pet tags must be renewed annually.
Only two dogs per owner can be taken to the park at one time and the dog(s) must be leashed when outside the park. The other rules are listed on a sign outside the gates of the park and are also available at www.friendswood/com/dogpark.