Pup parents, rejoice! The City of Arlington's second public dog park will officially open this fall.
The Rush Creek Dog Park, set to open September 9, 2017, is located at 1900 Valleywood Drive off West Pioneer Parkway near Green Oaks Boulevard. The seven-acre park features drinking water fountains, shaded seating areas with benches that look like doggy bones and four fenced-in areas for off-leash play. The park also includes designated areas for large and small dogs, security lighting and two parking lots with at least 60 spaces.
The dog park's planned opening for earlier this spring was pushed back to allow more time for the new turf to become established. The grass needs several months to create strong roots and be able to withstand dog use.
"With more than seven acres of room to run and play, the Rush Creek Dog Park will be a wonderful amenity for our residents and their four-legged family members for years to come," Parks Project Manager Eric Seebock said.
The park will also feature a fenced-in area that will be available for customers to rent for birthday parties, dog training or other canine-centric private events. The rental fees will help offset the costs to operate the park.
Arlington voters approved $500,000 for the Rush Creek Dog Park project in the 2014 bond election. The rest of the construction funding came from park user fees collected by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Arlington's first public dog park is located at 950 SE Green Oaks Blvd. near the Arlington Animal Services Center and Southeast Branch Library. Since its opening in 2007, Tails N' Trails has established itself as a destination for dog owners from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
"We drive all the way out from Dallas to come to this park, because all the ones out in Dallas are so small," said Judy Kullenberg, a part-time dog sitter. "This one is so nice. It's worth the drive."
The Rush Creek Dog Park dedication is also scheduled for September 9, 2017 at 10 AM, details to come.