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West U Resident Suggests New Idea for Dog Park | InstantNewsWestU.com

West U Resident Suggests New Idea for Dog Park

April 8, 2013

West U may have another piece of property to consider for a future dog park, thanks to a resident’s suggestion at a recent Parks Board meeting.

Albans Street resident Bob Powell suggested to the parks board that the city look into leasing or buying the property behind the Weslayan Plaza Shopping Center. He said that the property could possibly be used as a dog park or parkland for the city.

The property is about 2 acres and is currently being used as a parking lot, but it is not highly utilized because it doesn’t make sense to park and walk around the building to get to the shops, Powell said.

Powell also said that he does not have a financial interest in the property; he just wanted to bring his idea to the city.

The parks board appeared to be receptive to his suggestion. Parks Board member Amy Morgan said having a park in that location would increase property values for the West U homes in that area.

The suggested park location is located on Academy Street and is located in the City of Houston. Homes located in West U’s “chimney” border the shopping center.

Council members Joan Johnson and Dick Yehle attended the parks board meeting and both told InstantNewsWestU.com that Powell’s suggestion is worth looking into.

“I think it’s worth looking at. We shouldn’t just discount it,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that she would like to know what neighbors think of the idea and hopes the city will look into it.

“I think it’s a novel idea that may have some promise,” Yehle said. “It’s refreshing to have someone come forward with a new idea … with no agenda other than to make things better.”

Yehle said that the resident’s suggestion has not been considered by the city before. He said this is not something that can happen overnight, but it’s worth looking into.

Not considering cost, Yehle said, this is an amenity that may be possible that could not happen within the city limits of West U. It would also be a way of improving the aesthetics of the streetscape in that area, he said.

The City of West U has considered options for a dog park in the past. In 2004, city council appointed a 12-member task force made up of residents to research and make recommendations for a dog park. A report was made to council but no action was taken.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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