By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
“This is wonderful, this is terrific, this is so great!” were phrases that could be heard repeatedly Friday evening at the official opening of McKinney’s dog park. McKinney’s four-legged residents barked their obvious approval.
Despite what felt like a return to winter weather, numerous McKinney residents and their furry friends came out to check out the new park, which is located at 3050 Virginia Parkway, at the northeast corner of Hardin Boulevard and Virginia.
Mayor Brian Loughmiller, Mayor Pro-Tem Travis Ussery and Councilmembers Ray Ricchi and Roger Harris were on hand to help celebrate the park opening and visit with residents.
Loughmiller thanked everyone for coming out to the opening ceremony and said “the turnout was even better than he expected.”
Councilman Ricchi said, “This (the park) is fantastic.”
The dog park space features mulch instead of grass, great lighting, a splash park for dogs and approximately two acres for dogs to run and play. Trees offer shade throughout the park. There are separate gates for small dogs and large dogs to enter the park area. The park will be open until 11 p.m. each day.
McKinney resident Lynn Heppner said, “This is great. We have been walking on the trail and now it will be great to walk the trail and come here (with our dogs).” The Heppner’s, Alex and Lynn, said they had previously been taking their two dogs to the dog park in Allen.
The dog park is part of the first phase of the Bonnie Wenk Park. It also includes 1.2 miles of concrete trails, restrooms, amphitheater and parking. The remainder of the park, which will encompass 4 1/2 acres, is slated to be completed and open in late June.
Photo: McKinney residents Alex and Lynn Heppner (R) talk with Matt and Megan Hickman while their dogs play in McKinney’s new dog park.