City breaks ground for Steeplechase Dog Park

A new city-owned and maintained park for pups and their owners is on
its way to Kyle after the city hosted a groundbreaking
for the new Steeplechase Dog Park Friday. 

Parks and Recreation Director Kerry Urbanowicz said the city has been discussing and planning a city dog park for years.

“(A dog park) is what the community was asking for,” Urbanowicz said. “All the surveys and stuff we’ve done, they said they want a dog park.”

The dog park will be located at the section of Steeplechase Park near the intersection of Lehman Road and Hallie Drive. In January, Kyle City Council approved $49,895 from the general fund to pay for the first phase of the project.

Construction on the first phase will start next week, and will be finished within a month, Urbanowicz said. After the first phase is completed, the public will be able to enjoy the park with their dogs.

The first phase of the dog park will consist of putting up fencing and installing drinking fountains, Urbanowicz said. Steeplechase Dog Park will feature two fenced-off play areas, one for dogs under 25 pounds and another for dogs who weigh more than 25 pounds. Rules for the dog park were also adopted by city council in January and are already listed on the city’s website.

Second and third phases could see the installation of trails, benches and shade structures such as trees if the department is able to secure funding from the city or through donations, Urbanowicz said.

“This is something our community has wanted for a long time,” said District 2 Council Member

, who brought along her pet dachshund, Lucy.

“Not just for our humans, but our four-legged family members as well,” she said. “We can’t wait for opening day.”

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