Buenaventura Residents in the area of Lake Villas and Lago Vista off of Royal Palm Drive have access to a new dog park – the first in the community.
The gated facility at the end of Lake Villa Way was unveiled Friday. It will be open from dawn to dusk and is only accessible to those on foot, as no parking is available near the entrance.
“The landscape of this property creates an excellent setting for humans and animals alike,” said Commissioner Viviana Janer of the park, which is in her district. “This is a wonderful amenity for residents who love their dogs and have wanted a place for them to exercise and socialize. This is a great opportunity to build community and meet your neighbors.”
Over the last several years, the public has requested more walking trails and dog parks, Janer said. In this case, residents liked the idea of a dog park in the neighborhood but stressed they did not want drive up traffic.
The park features a quarter-mile, shaded paved path that leads to a natural grass dog exercise area. Two areas are present -- one for small dogs and another for dogs 30 pounds and up. The area includes a covered shelter for shade, two drinking fountains for both humans and dogs, and benches for owners to keep watch over their pets. A dog wash station is located just outside the exercise area.
In the near future, the exercise area will have dog-oriented training and play equipment added to the site, officials said. As a reminder, all dogs in the park must be on a leash, except when they are in the fenced-in exercise area.