by A.C. Hall
The old dog park was closed several months ago to make way for the Hawaiian Falls construction, but on Monday the park will re-open in a new location. The Buzz Fence Dog Park is now located at Cherry Lane Park. Located at 320 N. Cherry Lane between White Settlement Road and Clifford Street, Cherry Lane Park has stood empty for many years before becoming home to the relocated dog park.
Gil Laserna, General Manager of Buzz Fence Company, donated the fencing materials for the dog park in October 2010 at the original site. Parks and Recreation Director Rich Tharp spoke to The Grizzly Detail about Laserna’s contribution to the park.
“Mr. Laserna loves animals and wanted to help build a facility in the White Settlement area that everyone could come and enjoy a safe place with their pet,” Tharp said.
Tharp said that the new location is in a highly visible area that will make it easy for everyone to find and added that the parking at the new location is much better than it was at the old one. Other features highlighted by Tharp include the larger facility, new dog play equipment that was purchased entirely with donated funds, and a fence screening that separates the large and small dog areas.
City workers are busy putting the finishing touches on the park for its Monday opening, but they’ve had help over the past few months relocating the park.
“We are very fortunate to have very active Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops that took an active role in the relocation and construction of the dog park. Much of the work has been done by volunteer efforts from the community, which will truly make it a community park facility,” Tharp said. “The City of White Settlement would like to thank everyone involved for all of their hard work and time that have made this project possible.”
Fall hours for the park will be from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Anyone with questions or concerns about the Buzz Fence Dog Park is encouraged to contact the animal shelter at (817)246-1043.