By Elsa Maxey
Fort Bend County, which operates five county owned parks, will have a new feature added to its Kitty Hollow Park in Missouri City, probably by the end of the year. This is the park where the historic Dew House, part of the DeWalt Heritage Center and East Fort Bend County’s first museum, is located.
There’s more going on out there with the new amenity about to open. Residents will soon see the much awaited 11-acre dog park at the north east end become operational. It was authorized as part of an expansion effort detailed in the county’s capital improvement projects, proposed in two phases and budgeted at $383,000.
Phase one completed extending an access road with drainage, water lines and electrical service to the new dog park area. Also, now there are picnic pavilions, walking trails and a parking lot there.
Phase two of the new addition to be completed before the end of the year, as reports indicate, includes agility equipment, shading, walking trails, and designated places for large and small dogs.
While the number of canines in Fort Bend County is not readily quantifiable, one thing that is known is that in this part of the county, dogs will have their very own, dedicated place to exercise. Some say it’s also another venue for dog owners, too, “since they can come along with the dogs to socialize and exercise,” quipped one dog owner.
Kitty Hallow Park is on 190 acres at 9555 Highway 6 featuring a fitness trail, play areas, a baseball field, grills, covered tables and benches, a lake with a fishing pier, an observation deck and two soccer fields.
The county advises residents to visit between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the fall and winter. Hours extend until 8 p.m. in the summer.
This is not the only dog park in town, however. The City of Sugar Land owns and operates Pawm Springs Dog Park at Commonwealth and University Boulevards opened three years ago in Oct. 2009. The fenced-in six acre park has one of the areas reserved for small dogs. It is a tropical resort-style dog park with a shaded pavilion and an accompanying resort-style pond. Closed on Mondays, its hours of operation are from sunrise to sunset.
No doubt, there are probably other dog parks under development for those “lucky dogs.”