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Posted on: December 15, 2023

Dog park, ‘Riverside Bark,’ opens at Riverside Park

Red and blue dog agility equipment, including a ramp, hoops and a small tunnel.

PHOTO #1: The new Riverside Park dog park, Riverside Bark, is open to the public. The park features dog agility equipment that was donated through a fundraiser by Girl Scout Izzy Drane and her family.

PHOTO #2: The dog park includes disposable bag stations so that residents can pick up after their dogs.

A dream shared by many dog lovers in Victoria and championed by a dedicated local Girl Scout has finally come true.

A disposable bag dispenser. Sign reads Pet waste station. Please clean up after your dog.Riverside Bark, the new dog park near The PumpHouse, is now open to Victoria residents and their four-legged friends.

The park features separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, dog agility equipment, dog drinking fountains, disposable bag stations and a smaller fenced-off area for unruly dogs who need a break.

Dogs must be accompanied by their humans while playing in the park, and they must be vaccinated and in good health. Dogs must be leashed before and after entering the park. Puppies under four months of age and female dogs in heat are not allowed.

Remembering Izzy Drane

A sign on a gate says Small dog area. Less than 30 pounds. Hours. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.PHOTO #3: The dog park includes separate fenced areas for large and small dogs.

PHOTO #4: The dog park includes multiple seating areas. Dogs must be accompanied by their humans while playing in the park.

The agility equipment in the park was funded through a partnership between the City of Victoria and local Girl Scout Izzy Drane. As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Izzy raised funds for the park by selling bricks that could be dedicated in honor of a pet.

A bench with a longer surface on one side for wheelchair access.After Izzy passed away last year, her family continued to raise funds in her memory. The project raised a total of $26,000 for the agility equipment.

The bricks will be displayed on the entryway columns at the park, along with a memorial plaque honoring Izzy’s role in making the park a reality.

What’s next

A small rectangular fenced area within the dog parkPHOTO #5: Visitors to the dog park can take their dogs to a smaller fenced-off area if they become unruly and need a break.

The City will host a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dog park in early 2024 as part of Victoria’s bicentennial celebration. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

For more information about Parks & Recreation programs and facilities, visit www.victoriatx.gov/parks

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