BREC reopens popular dog park, opens new dog park; outlines new maintenance plan for all dog parks

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Group of dogs standing in bed of truck waiting to visit dog park with dog walker

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — BREC says dogs and their owners can anticipate the reopening of a local dog park and the opening of a new one this month.

The City-Brooks Community Park will be reopened for dogs on Dec. 22 after the completion of second phase improvements. BREC officials said improvements include an expansion, a dog washing station, additional entry points, an area to hold private events and space reserved for a dog memorial section, a larger entry plaza with a raised deck, new site furnishings, new drinking fountains, decomposed granite surfacing for erosion control, heavier duty black vinyl chain link fence material, an irrigation system and landscaping.

As a highly popular dog park, BREC said additional improvements such as drainage through earthwork, grading, additional subsurface drainage and resodding were necessary.

The new dog park located at Lovett Road Park in Central will be BREC’s sixth dog park and will be open on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. BREC said features of Lovett Road Dog Park include separate spaces for large and small dogs, with each providing a concrete walking loop so owners can exercise as well. This park will also have a fenced dog wash area and bench seating, some with canopies.

“We are excited to announce the re-opening of City-Brooks Dog Park and the addition of the new Lovett Road Dog Park as we understand these sites are extremely popular amenities within the BREC system,” said BREC Superintendent Corey K. Wilson. “We have high standards for the maintenance of all of our parks and have had to re-think the operation of dog parks due to their popularity, heavy use and years of record rainfall taking a heavy toll on the surfacing. Periodic closures, including after significant rainfall, will allow us to provide higher quality features for patrons while at the same time avoiding longer periods of closures and significant repair costs,” said Wilson.

BREC said a ribbon-cutting ceremony at both parks will take place in early 2022.

BREC will be “revamping” maintenance procedures at all of its dog parks in the new year, “with regularly scheduled closures for routine maintenance such as mowing, pest treatments, and best turf management practices.”

Weekly day-long maintenance closure schedule:

  • Burbank – Monday
  • City-Brooks – Tuesday and Thursday
  • Forest – Tuesday and Thursday
  • Greenwood – Wednesday
  • Lovett – Tuesday
  • Zachary – Wednesday

For more information about the updated maintenance plan, click here.

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