GALLERY: Grapevine celebrates opening of new park for dogs 'Bark Park'

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Dogs and their humans stop to take a photo at the opening of Grapevine's new dog park, the Bark Park. Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper

Dogs and their humans stop to take a photo at the opening of Grapevine's new dog park, the Bark Park. Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper

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Grapevine officials gather to cut the ribbon to open Bark Park. Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper
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Dogs run and play at the opening day of Grapevine's Bark Park. Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper
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City officials gather for the opening of Grapevine's Bark Park. Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper
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Grapevine's new Bark Park has several gym elements for dogs, as well as shaded pavilions. Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper
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City officials gather for the opening of Grapevine's Bark Park. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Dogs and their humans came out for the opening of Grapevine's Bark Park. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Dogs and their humans came out for the opening of Grapevine's Bark Park. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Humans and their dogs take photos at the new Bark Park despite some furry photobombs. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The splash pad was operational Nov. 2, though many found it too cold to use. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Dogs run and play at the opening day of Grapevine's Bark Park. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A nine-month-old puppy wears a coat to keep warm at the opening of the city's Bark Park. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fourteen acres of the Bear Creek Dog Park in Grapevine was filled with dogs and puppies racing through grass, jumping over obstacles and making new friends. Their humans might have been doing some of that, too.

The Grapevine Parks and Recreation Department debuted the city’s new Bark Park Nov. 2 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The park was filled as Grapevine and nearby residents came by to see the new park and take advantage of the bluebird day.

“This is just another quality of life project that we’re celebrating here today,” Grapevine City Council Member Paul Slechta said during the opening ceremony.

Mayor Pro Tem Darlene Freed said the city interviewed its residents in 2014 to find out if they were interested in a dog park. According to the results, 80% of city residents who took the survey said they wanted a new dog park.

“There was a lot of work that was put into this program in order to have this dog park today,” Freed said during the opening ceremony. “We're so blessed to have it. We're so blessed to have this day. We're happy to have a great turnout this day and this park is for you.”


She said the city hopes to have a dog park on the north end of the city someday, as well.

Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Mitchell said work is still being completed at the park, so city crews will continue to add finishing touches. The all-weather paddock will be open Nov. 2, and then will close as crews finish work there.

The two other paddocks, for dogs larger than 25 pounds and dogs smaller than 25 pounds, respectively, will be open any time the park is open.

For more information about the Bark Park, visit www.gograpevine.com/about/parkdev/dogpark.
By Miranda Jaimes

Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.


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