by Megan Smith
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership invites Houstonians and their four-legged canine companions to the grand opening of the Johnny Steele Dog Park in Buffalo Bayou Park from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 17.
The dog park, located at 2929 Allen Parkway, proves to be a puppy’s paradise. The two-acre space features fenced-off large and small dog ponds and a wetland area, dog washing spaces, shade structures, lighted areas, and new additional parallel-parking spaces along the Allen Parkway frontage road. A $1.5-million project, the area will be one of Houston’s largest dog parks.
Grand opening festivities will include family- and dog-friendly activities such as a canine fashion show, a dog “kissing booth,” a dog and dog-owner look-alike contest, on-site pet adoptions, and more.
Johnny Steele Dog Park—named after the well-known Houston landscape artist—is one of four major destinations to be completed by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership as part of the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park renovation that has been under way since July 2013. In addition to the other three destinations (The Water Works, Lost Lake/The Dunlavy, and the Nature Play Area), the renovation includes other improvements to the park such as new trails, pedestrian bridges, enhancements to Eleanor Tinsley Park, and bike and kayak rentals.
“The completion of the dog park is a major milestone in the improvements to Buffalo Bayou Park and an indicator that we are in the homestretch of overall park completion by the summer,” said Anne Olson, president of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. “It has been exciting to see the transformation of the park and also the spur in residential and commercial development in the area which we believe is a reflection of the desire for, and interest in, quality of life amenities.”