Dog part 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.

Parks & Recreation

The vision of the Parks & Recreation Department is to be the premier provider of parks and recreation to make San Angelo the West Texas standard for opportunity, prosperity and quality of life. Our mission is to acquire, develop, operate and maintain a parks and recreation system that enriches the quality of life for residents and visitors alike, and preserves it for future generations.

The Parks & Recreation Department is comprised of the following divisions:

Parks Administration

Parks Administration is responsible for oversight of the other divisions, along with the development of and programming in City parks and other facilities within the department. It also administers the City's Special Events Policy and processes Special Events Applications

Recreation

The Recreation Division manages facilities such as the City's two recreation centers, Love Municipal Pool, the San Angelo Nature Center and the Texas Bank Sports Complex. Additionally, Rec is responsible for a host of programming, including senior services, athletics, an aquatic program, summer day camps and special events such as the annual Date Night.

Civic Events

The Civic Events Division manages seven municipally owned facilities, most notably the McNease Convention Center, Foster Communications Coliseum, the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage. In addition to renting facilities for events, Civic Events provides support services to the events in the venues.

Fairmount Cemetery

Fairmount Cemetery has served as the final resting place of San Angeloans since 1893. The cemetery's staff maintains Fairmount's 57 acres in accordance with state laws governing perpetual care cemeteries. Cemetery employees also provide services and assistance to the public and to funeral homes, as well as genealogy information to interested parties.

Fort Concho

Fort Concho is a City-owned and -operated National Historic Landmark that encompasses most of the Army post that was established in 1867 and includes 23 original and restored structures. The fort hosts a wide range of public events that are historical, educational and entertaining in nature, most notably the annual Christmas at Old Fort Concho. Like the other Parks operations, Fort Concho's policies are considered by a citizens advisory board

Parks

Parks is responsible for the maintenance of City parks. This includes the repair, upkeep and replacement of playground equipment, restrooms and other amenities, watering and mowing of parklands and playing fields, maintenance of trees and emptying trash.

City parks: 5 years and beyond

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is proud of the progress we’ve made, with the public’s support, the last several years. Much has been accomplished all over our fine city.Carl White2

By no means, however, is it time to rest on our laurels. To the contrary, the time is now to push forward even stronger – we have much work to do. Specifically, these are the projects we hope to achieve in the next five years, followed by those we hope to tackle a little farther out.

The list of key projects over the next five years:

  • Developing the Youth Sports Practice Complex (previously known as the 29th Street Complex).
  • Renovating Brentwood, Brown and Santa Rita parks.
  • Refurbishing Unidad Park’s playground.
  • Improving Middle Concho Park.
  • Building new restrooms at Texas Bank Sports Complex.
  • Developing a trail along the South Concho River from Bell Street to Glenmore Park.
  • Developing the city’s first splash pad.
  • Improving the successful Sculpture Gardens at Sunken Garden Park.
  • Improving the interior of the McNease Convention Center cosmetically.
  • Improving the RiverStage.
  • Replacing roofs on almost all of Fort Concho’s buildings.
  • Renovating and developing a new visitors’ center with exhibition space at Fort Concho.
  • Rebuilding Barracks and Mess Halls 3 and 4, and Officers’ Row and Company Street at Fort Concho.
  • The list of key projects to achieve in more than five years:
  • Creating an official botanical gardens at Civic League Park.
  • Renovating Bell and Mountainview Parks, as well as some Lake Nasworthy parks.
  • Continuing bank stabilization and improvements along the Concho River.
  • Redeveloping Santa Fe Park as a regional park.
  • Creating a new community recreation center.

We invite you to participate in the discussions related to these improvements, most notably the Capital Improvement Plan online surveys and upcoming discussions at the Parks and Recreation Board and City Council.

Carl White is the Parks and Recreation director for the City of San Angelo. Contact him at 325-657-4450 or carl.white@cosatx.us.

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