April 22, 2005
Gary Reynolds of Gilbert is excited the new dog park planned in Gilbert has shade for his border collie, Nipper.
"I like the water portion and the shade," said Reynolds, a resident for 10 years. "A lot of the existing parks don’t have shade. It’s just conducive to good exercise for everyone."
Reynolds and his wife, Alicia, were two of the more than a dozen residents who came out Thursday evening to see the design plans of two parks now under construction in drainage basins along the Santan Freeway stretch of Loop 202.
The parks, which are unnamed, are planned to open next spring, said Tami Ryall, deputy town manager.
The 17-acre park with the dog features is at Ray Road and the freeway by the Agritopia housing development.
Dog paw prints can be found throughout the park, along the bridge over the lake and the walls of the amphitheater along the drainage spillway, said Ryall, who has two Queensland heelers, Frank and Zoe.
A water feature will allow dogs to go into the lake. A hosing area will be available to clean off dogs coming out of the lake.
The park also will feature a basketball court, picnic and group ramadas and equestrian trails. There will be plenty of play areas for children, including a large cable web to climb on.
Personalized bricks available for $20 will line the park entryway. About 500 bricks have already been sold, Ryall said.
The second park is off Pecos Road and the realigned Greenfield Road next to the freeway. That 48-acre park will feature five multiuse ball fields, two lakes connected by a water feature and sand volleyball courts.