On March 4, the Trail of the Lakes Municipal Utility District opened a $2.5 million dog park in Humble, hosting locals and their canine companions for the grand opening.

The 4-acre outdoor park space has areas for small and large dogs and features amenities such as a covered pavilion, walking paths, a splash pad, a dog play zone and seating options. Trees were added in for additional shade as well as a variety of plants, according to Four And One Landscape Architecture, the firm that designed the park. A parking lot was also added to the park with a walking trail to connect nearby neighborhoods and trails.

Construction on the new dog park began on Jan. 21, 2022, according to an April 3 email from a spokesperson for Four And One Landscape Architecture. The project was part of the MUD’s parks and trails master plan and was funded by the MUD’s $7 million recreational amenities bond, which was approved by voters in 2017.

Before the MUD called its bond election nearly six years ago, it met with community members to find out what projects they wanted in their area, according to Jo Smith, Trail of the Lakes MUD board director and parks liaison.

“We asked the community what they wanted since the land belongs to the community,” Smith said in an April 4 email. “It was important to the board to find out what the community wanted, and when the community voted ... they asked for a dog park.”

Smith said the MUD’s board of directors is reviewing its parks master plan to determine what project to focus on next. The master plan—designed by Four And One Landscape Architecture—includes additional trails, trail connections, playgrounds and fitness parks, according to the MUD’s website.

About 813.4 acres of land are included within the Trail of the Lakes MUD’s boundaries. Founded in 1974, the MUD is located southeast of the intersection of Atascocita Road and Will Clayton Parkway in Humble. The Trail of Lakes MUD dog park is located at 16323 Woodland Hills Drive, Humble.