Potential Solution to Odessa Lack of Dog Parks 8/13/13
CBS 7 News
People come to Freedom park to walk, bike, feed the ducks, and also to walk their dogs. But there are still problems for dog owners.
"We'll it's not fenced in so he always has to be on a leash and he can't just roam," said Odessa Resident, Whitney Mouton.
New residents like Mouton are struggling with what to do.
"We travel a lot and the first thing we do is look for a dog park to take him."
Mouton said she'll be in the area for a few months, so they don't have a yard for the dog like many in Odessa.
"We actually live in a camper on the road, so it's so hard for him to be, you know in the camper all day, " commented Mouton.
Odessa Resident Amanda Jordan has a backyard but still thinks a dog park is necessary.
"I think dogs need freedom to run and play on their own," said Amanda.
The only current option are midland dog parks.
"It takes about 40 minutes to get over to the dog park," Amanda said.
Odessa Park and Recreation Director Steve Patton said they are updating the City of Odessa Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Urban Landscape Master Plan but they need more surveys to be filled out by the community. He said those are the some helping factors on how the Master Plan is updated.
If you want to see dog parks or other changes in parks and recreational sites in odessa, fill out a survey by visiting: http://www.odessa-tx.gov/index.aspx?Page=383 and clicking on the top survey.