Dog Owners Excited About The New Dog Park Coming To West Central El Paso
Central El Pasoans haven't had a designated park where they can take their four-legged friends before, but that's all changing starting next year. The City of El Paso has done a great job of adding new dog parks across the city for dog owners to enjoy, but some areas of the city have still been waiting to get a park specially designed for their furry family member. Residents in the neighborhoods in central El Paso around Kern Place and UTEP haven't had a designated dog park to take their dogs off the leash and let them wander freely.
For years, Alethea Park in Kern Place has been a "dog park" where residents have met up with other dog owners and allowed their dogs to go off-leash and run, but it isn't a designated dog park by the city. Recently a gate has been put up in the front of the park to partially enclose the area, but some dogs are still able to run around the side of the fence and wander off. Thankfully, an established park in the city will now transform a portion of their open space into an enclosed dog park.
According to the City of El Paso, the Tom Lea Lower Park located off Schuster Avenue in west central El Paso will now include a new dog area in 2023. A new strategic plan was released on December 6th with a photo showing the northwest corner of the Tom Lea Lower that is being turned into the dog park.
It's a beautiful grassy area that should be easily transformed into a welcoming environment for all types of dogs to enjoy. There will be designated areas for small dogs and big dogs to enjoy, along with a concrete plaza area, similar to the Tierra Buena and Westside dog parks.
The City will also be installing new park benches, water fountains, poop bag dispensers, and waste disposal bins for the public to use. The project is expected to cost under $465,000 and is expected to be completed by Spring of 2023.