City amends leash law, seeks name for dog park

February 9, 2013

It may sound silly to think that a dog owner might be ticketed for letting a dog go unleashed at the city’s new dog park. But without an ordinance amendment, users would have been breaking the law.

The City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday night, amended Article 2.01 and 2.05 of the city’s Code of Ordinances to clarify that a dog not on a leash at the soon-to-open dog park would not be considered an “animal at large.”

City Manager Wayne McKethan said the move “protects us legally.” City Attorney Stuart Neal emphasized that leash requirements would remain in effect in other areas.

The “woof park” will be located on a tract of land not far from the ballfields by Moore Street, just north of the railroad tracks. The area has lighting and parking.

Late this week, the city launched a contest to name the dog park. Submissions can be made online at: http://www.granbury.org/forms.aspx?FID=195. They also can be made at the Visitors Information Center at Granbury City Hall, 116 W. Bridge St.

Deadline for in-person entries is 5 p.m. Friday, March 8. The cutoff for online submissions is 11:59 p.m. on that day.

The name selected for the dog park will be announced at the March 19 City Council meeting. The winner will be recognized at the grand opening Saturday, April 20.

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