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Dogs rule at new downtown park for pooches

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Butters, who lives in a nearby apartment, enjoys his visit to Maverick Park’s new dog park. Photo by Edmond Ortiz

TAKEAWAYS

• Maverick Park’s dog park has drinking fountains for dogs and humans, pooch-waste bag dispensers and even a section just for small dogs.

• Maverick Park boasts other improvements, such as new picnic tables, seating and a stand-alone bathroom.

• San Antonio now has 16 city-operated public dog parks.

SAN ANTONIO — Maverick Park downtown is the city’s newest spot where canines and their owners can have a lot of doggone fun.

The public park at Broadway and East Jones Avenue is now home to a 1-acre dog park featuring a section for all canines, another for small breeds only, a drinking fountain with a pet fountain, and dog-waste bag dispensers.  

The city also unveiled park upgrades for human visitors, including new picnic tables and seating, landscaping, a stand-alone restroom, and trash and recycle bins.

The Maverick Park enhancements were funded by the city’s voter-approved 2017 bond and community donations raised with help from the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the Friends of Maverick Dog Park group.  

“Right now, we are all looking for new ways to safely gather and get out for some of this good weather,” District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing the community enjoy the new features at the park.”

Canine owners and other residents who live at Pearl and nearby neighborhoods have long sought enhancements at Maverick Park, primarily an off-leash, self-contained dog park.

Maverick Park’s new dog park includes separate sections for all dogs and small dogs, among other amenities. Photo by Edmond Ortiz

“We are glad to see this project come to life. The activation of the park makes for an amazing gathering place for the immediate area as well as a destination for dog owners and people throughout the city,” said Joe Alderete III with Friends of Maverick Dog Park.

Maverick Park features San Antonio’s 16th city-run public dog park on a list that now includes one at Kingsborough Park on the South Side. 

“We’re excited to bring these new amenities and enhancements to our ever-growing downtown neighborhood community,” city Parks and Recreation Director Homer Garcia III said. “Maverick Park is a short walk for many families who enjoy urban living.”

Resident Christina Liserio and her Schnauzers, Gus and Tito, have visited the Maverick Park site a few times. She’s excited about the debut after tracking its progress.

“I think they did a great job. It’s an awesome addition to the area and I’m sure the surrounding apartment people find it perfect,” Liserio said.

Parks and Recreation is currently recruiting volunteers for the Dog Park Ambassador program, which offers dog park safety and etiquette outreach. 

For details, visit the city’s website.

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