POSTED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 9:44pm
Henderson, TX — HENDERSON — If a Henderson couple has their way, their town will have its first dog park.
Denise Burns-Nix and James Nix believe the proposal would be a boon to families who could combine a trip to the playground for their children with a chance to exercise their dogs.
They have suggested Fair Park as a location, as it is the most centrally located of the city’s parks.
“We have one dog and are planning to get another larger one soon,” Burns-Nix said. “Under the current laws in Henderson, dogs have to either be in a fenced yard or on a leash. We think dogs need a place where they can run unfettered and socialize with other dogs.”
The couple conducted an informal survey of people they’ve seen walking dogs in or near Fair Park and said, so far, the idea of a dog park has met with overwhelming approval.
“We’ve probably talked to at least 100 people, and they’ve all been very excited and enthusiastic about the idea of a dog park,” she said.
Stragent Dog Park in Longview, which opened in 2011, provided the inspiration for the idea of a Henderson dog park, although Nix said they understand one built in Henderson would probably have to be smaller.
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