Bryan Residents Embrace New Dog Park

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Bryan City officials and dog lovers alike gathered Saturday for the Grand Opening of the Morris Buzz Hamilton Memorial Dog Park off Park Hudson Trail between Highway 158 and Copperfield Drive.

According to the City, plans for the park began in 2011, when Darrell Lovelette, City of Bryan Director of Parks and Recreation, saw potential in the land within the park.

"There was a need and interest in a dog park expressed by citizens," said Lovelette. "The City already had space that could best be used for something like this."

Local dog owners said they're thrilled to finally have a dog park in the area.

"We're really excited about it since we don't have a dog park in Bryan," said Jeanie Chase. Chase and a group of her pals brought the new dog park Saturday and said they were impressed how the City put it all together.

Whether your pooch is large or small, there is a special place for him or her on the east side of Bryan.

Jeanie and her friends say they like the fact that there is a common area for all breeds.

"This one loves to be with big dogs," said Chase.

While some dogs get along better with someone their own size, there are three fenced areas to separate big and small dogs.

The open space is something that also seemed to be a real hit among Bryan residents.

"Everything is so green and clean," said Traci Ombrello of Bryan. "You can sit on the bench, enjoy a beautiful day and yet be able to watch your dogs instead of peeking around trees and seeing what they're up to."

Bryan City officials said the safety of dog owners was also an important factor when they created the park. It's something Byran resident Julie Barley noticed and applauded.

"The fact that if we wanted to come by ourselves, there's lights here," said Barley. "There aren't lights at some of the other parks, so you can turn lights on and feel much safer."

The Howl-O-Ween activities still brought in the goblins and other creatures. The original opening was planned for Halloween Thursday, but the rain caused City officials to reschedule for Saturday. A handful of owners dressed their dogs up in full costume while exploring the park and enjoying refreshments. Dog treats and surprises were also handed out among guests.

Amenities, such as water fountains, are uniquely designed for pets and people. The park also features showers for pets.