Posted on July 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Thursday, Jul 11 at 7:33 AM
AUSTIN – Wednesday evening about 30 people, some of them dog owners and some of them runners, met at Auditorium Shores to hear and see the new space for a new off-leash dog park.
The six-acre lawn commonly referred to as Auditorium Shores is presently an off-leash area for dogs with access to the water. However beginning in late August or September the area will close to all dogs.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has plans to renovate the six-acre lawn to make it more mixed-use friendly.
The Austin Parks Foundation and C3 Presents donated $1.1 million for the new dog park which is west of the present off-leash area not far from the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge.
The new off-leash area will be smaller than the current space by almost half, some 3.2 acres.
The new area will also include water access for dogs 365 days a year, something which the current six-acre space doesn’t offer because of the many events at Auditorium Shores.
Some of the attendees expressed concerns about keeping the dogs separated from runners, joggers and cyclists on the trail.
Others were concerned that the new space may not be large enough to accommodate the growing number of people moving to Austin every day and their pets.
The City says the entire project should be completed by 2015.