Drainage and shade structure improvements are planned for Plano's Bob Woodruff Dog Park.

The action taken

The Plano Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously May 15 to approve a replat and revised site plan for Bob Woodruff Park that paves the way for the projects.

Plans call for accessible walkways for shade structures in each paddock in the dog park. There will also be drainage improvements made to paddock areas nearest to the creek, according to the city’s website.

A paddock refers to the dog park's fenced areas that are designed to accommodate different sizes of dogs.

What they’re saying

During a discussion, Commissioner Bennett Ratliff asked why the park is being platted into two lots.

Dividing the lot is more efficient because it avoids having to bring forward a plan for the entire lot if changes need to be made, said Raha Pouladi, a lead planner with the city.

The background

The dog park is a double-gated, fenced, 7-acre area located within Bob Woodruff Park.

There are separate areas for large and small dogs and a centrally located shade structure that overlooks the fenced areas.

What’s next?

The commission’s approval means engineering plans are now ready to move forward, said Parker McDowell, a development review planner with the city.

Elizabeth Del Turco, a landscape architect supervisor with the city, said once the engineering plans are completed for the project, it will be put out for bid. Construction is expected to run for nine months, Del Turco said.