Parks & Recreation partners with local girl scout for long-sought dog park project

Parks & Recreation master plan paves the way for long-sought dog park
Parks & Recreation partners with local girl scout for long-sought dog park project

Parks & Recreation’s map for its dog park project

VICTORIA, Texas – The execution of the newly, approved Parks & Recreation master plan remains underway. One of the first projects to come out of the plan is a dog park within Riverside Park. Local residents have continuously asked for this new feature for a long time, and it’s finally here.

Parks & Recreation Director Jason Alfaro

Parks & Recreation Director Jason Alfaro

“I’ve been hearing requests for a dog park since I first came to Victoria,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jason Alfaro. “The new master plan will help to guide us as we invest in our community’s needs, and the dog park project will be the first of many.”

Residents participated in a survey on their future service needs during the master planning process. Dog parks were the most popular write-in facility chosen by residents. The master plan’s purpose is to help guide the design of the dog park.

The Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation set aside  $500,000 in Type 4B sales tax revenue for the construction of the dog park. Legally, the City must use this revenue for community development projects. The dog park will fill this role by enhancing livability for Victoria residents and their four-legged friends.

Parks & Recreation partners with local Girl Scout for dog park project

Parks & Recreation is also partnering with local Girl Scout Izzy Drane on the project. Drane initially approached the Parks & Recreation Commission at their Sept. meeting. She proposed helping to create a dog park for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Drane also plans to raise funds and collect sponsorships for the amenities within the dog park.

“She’s a go-getter—very smart and well-spoken,” Alfaro said. “Working with her has been a fun and positive experience for all of us, and we appreciate the work she’s done to reignite interest in this project.”

Parks & Recreation officials aim to secure design services for the project within a month, and construction is expected to begin in the summer.

You can learn more about the Parks & Recreation master plan by visiting www.victoriatx.gov/parks-master-plan. You can also visit the City’s website for more information.