New dog play area making tracks to west side park

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by Ben Posey

It’s time to start barking up a storm. After Fort Woof was recently named the number 1 dog park in the nation in a San Francisco Chronicle article, another dog park is slated to open here on the west side of Fort Worth at the newly renovated Z Boaz Park.

“The City of Fort Worth has done a great job of establishing and maintaining a great dog park that has allowed a great community of dog lovers to flourish,” said Jason C.N. Smith, president of the Fort Worth Dog Park Association. “We look forward to the city establishing another dog park at Z Boaz in the near future.”

The new dog park should be completed within the year. Fort Worth’s proposed bond package shows $500,000 going to Z Boaz Park and having priority is an $850,000, 10-acre dog park and parking. The city has set aside $160,000 from gas revenues. See the future plans of Z Boaz Park on page 8.

Fort Woof, Fort Worth’s first fenced, off-leash dog park, is at Gateway Park, north of I-30 between Beach Street and Oakland Boulevard, east of downtown. Open 5 a.m.-11:30 pm daily, the park provides an ideal place for dogs and their owners to enjoy the outdoors.

Fort Woof provides two large fenced areas for dogs to roam, one for dogs 40 pounds and more and a separate area for dogs weighing less than 40 pounds. Each area has picnic tables and park benches for two-legged visitors, a watering station for both humans and dogs and multiple poop-disposal locations.

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