The city of Tampa's Parks and Recreation Department sought the locals opinion about a potential dog park added to Henry and Ola Park Wednesday night at the Seminole Garden Center.
Karen Cashon and Heather Wolf-Erickson presented a concept for the park, which would be a fenced-in area in an undeveloped part of Henry and Ola Park. Features would include water fountains for both humans and canines and handicap accessible pathways. Current cost estimates came at just under $40 thousand. Both stressed that all plans were strictly hypothetical and no money has been secured by the city.
“We've had a lot of community support and had some people who were not interested in the dog park,” said Wolf-Erickson of the planning process, “so I get to listen to both of those phone calls and I'm excited to listen to people who don't want it and I'm excited to listen to those that do. Maybe it's not the right place, maybe we have to keep looking but we wanted to do our due diligence. Yes there are a lot of dogs in the area, but there's no formula. Just because you want it doesn’t mean we need it. That's why we're doing this background work.”