FBTX ~ Answering the call of residents, the City of Farmers Branch is now working to transform the former football field adjacent to the Community Recreation Center to what will be known as the Barney Wood Bark Park - the City's first-ever dog park.
Set to open this summer, the new facility is renamed after the late Barney Wood, a pioneer in the early days of the Farmers Branch park system and longtime member of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. The City Council approved the name earlier this month.
Parks & Recreation Director Jeff Harting said the site was a natural choice for the facility for a number of reasons.
"The football field was lightly used and there was infrastructure already in place, including restrooms, concession stand, lighting and a well-maintained park space," he explained. "This allows for a quicker, more cost-effective turnaround."
The park will be divided into a large and small dog area. Each section will have a double-gated entry, a splash pad, lighting and ample seating. The concession stand will also be open during select special events. The Barney Wood Bark Park will be closed one day per week (a weekday) for maintenance and may be closed in the event of inclement weather or wet conditions without notice.
Opportunities to donate to the Bark Park will support its mission going forward. Donation levels range from $100 to become a "Friend of the Bark Park," to $250 for a "Doggie Doo Bag Dispenser," $500 for a Dog Park Fence Panel and $2,000 for a bench with a commemorative plaque.
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