Dog park to close temporarily for upgrades
San Angelo’s dog park will be closed from April 9 through May so Parks crews can install canine play obstacles and establish more turf. During that span, the Parks and Recreation Department will experiment with a leash-free area next to the park at 3215 Millbrook Drive.
When the dog park opened last fall, the parks department planned to close it this spring to make further improvements. The additions will be paid for with unused project funds, all but $12,000 of which were raised privately.
Since its opening, the dog park has become a popular destination for dog lovers and their canine companions. Unleashed dogs are allowed to romp and play with one another in separate fenced areas for small and large breeds.
Built by City crews, the park sits alongside the Red Arroyo Trail and near Unidad Park. It recently earned a statewide honor – the Park Development Innovations Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society.
“San Angelo had told us for years it desperately wanted a park where dogs could socialize,” Parks and Recreation Director Carl White said. “It’s wonderful to see how much enjoyment the dogs and their owners are getting from it. Now we’re aiming to make it even better.”
White said leash-free areas are becoming commonplace in parks across the country. If the leash-free area works well in the coming weeks, White said he will ask the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to consider recommending it as a permanent option for the City Council to consider.
The Parks Division provides, develops and maintains a system of parks for public use and enjoyment.
Parks is charged with ensuring all park facilities and grounds are attractive, healthy, safe and full of leisure and recreation opportunities.
The Parks Division, with a parks system dating back to 1903, provides for the maintenance and care of:
- More than six miles of trails.
- More than 10 miles of river frontage.
- More than 375 acres of developed park and open space.
- A 33-acre municipal golf course.
- An international water lily collection.
- 10 botanical and garden areas.
- 25 playgrounds, including Unidad and Kids’ Kingdom.
- 25 sports practice fields.
- 27 picnic areas with more than 200 picnic tables.
San Angelo is a wonderful place to live, and it is the duty of the Parks Division to help keep it that way.
Proposed botanical gardens at Civic League Park
The link below are to concepts for proposed botanical gardens at Civic League Park (the water lily park) developed by Mesa Landscape Architecture firm. Mesa was hired by a local group, at its expense (i.e. not tax dollars), that is working toward developing a master plan for the gardens.
List of trees that are used in the Plant-a-Tree program:
Frances Mertz Memorial Sculpture Maintenance Endowment Fund: Established in memory of Frances Mertz, this fund provides maintenance dollars for San Angelo bronze public art, of which Mrs. Mertz sought to create and propagate. The sheep sculpture at the Bryant Boulevard split and the Los Dos Angelas sculptures at the San Angelo Visitors Center were just some of her dreams .
Elmer Kelton San Angelo Parks Endowment Fund: Established from the proceeds of a special project to build a buffalo sculpture in honor of Kelton's lifetime achievements, endowment proceeds go to the City of San Angelo Parks Commission to provide financial assistance to help maintain this and other sculptures in other city parks.
Elegant Lily Fund: Created by friends of the International Waterlly Collection, this fund was the brainchild of the late Dr. Ralph Chase. The fund will provide perpetual support for the operations of this world-renowned water lily collection.
If you would like to contribute to these worthy endowments, or create your own, contact the San Angelo Area Foundation at 325-947-7071.