Lubbock moved one step closer to getting a dog park on Tuesday. The City of Lubbock's Park and Recreation board approved a motion to recommend a location to the city council.
Securing a city approved location is part of the process for a nation-wide contest, and Lubbock is currently in the lead. Pet supply brand, PetSafe is hosting the 'Bark for your Park' contest. The contest will award $100,000 dollars to the winning city to put toward a doggy dreamland.
Kate Frye has been working with city leaders for quite some time to bring a dog park to Lubbock. She says the contest opens up the door to speed up the process.
"This PetSafe contest came about and now we possibly have an area that we could win the money that we needed," Frye said.
Frye believes a dog park is exactly what Lubbock has been lacking.
"It is so important for the community to have a place and for dog owners to have an area that's off leash where they can run and jump and play with other dogs," Frye said.
Working to beat the June 15th deadline, the parks board recommended Stumpy Hamilton Park to host the puppy playground. Director of Parks and Recreation Randy Truesdell says the location has existing amenities.
"We feel the dog park can be constructed at Stumpy Hamilton Park for less than $100,000 dollars. There's existing irrigation, we'll have to modify that some. There's existing parking, there's existing shade trees, turf, trash containers, security lighting - a lot of infrastructure in place that we don't have to spend money on," Truesdell said.
Truesdell said if we fall short and don't win the contest, a dog park is still a possibility for the area.
"The hundred-thousand grand prize will do it, but if Lubbock doesn't win, the committee has the opportunity to go out and get it built with private funding," Truesdell said.
Lubbock is currently leading the 'Bark for your Park' contest, but the city still needs votes. The finalists will be announced on June 15th and the winner will be crowned on August 3rd.
"You can vote twice a day, every day. Tell all your friends and family. Tell strangers on the street," Frye said.
You can find more information and vote at lubbockdogpark.org.
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