Bee Cave City Council members made way for the first steps to be taken on the relocation of the city’s dog park at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Several Friends of the Bee Cave Dog Park members attended the council meeting to show their approval of the project. After ongoing conversation during the preceding months, the council reached an informal agreement that the area of Central Park east of the parking lot and small pavilion would be best suited to placement of a dog park.
“We think it’s important to the community, and will make a great addition to the amenities that Bee Cave offers,” said John Stevens, president of Friends of the Bee Cave Dog Park. “It will be a great addition to all of the attractions already here.”
The Council discussed the cost of moving the pavilion from the existing dog park or getting a new pavilion altogether, and debated whether or not additional parking would need to be constructed.
Councilman Bill Goodwin reminded his peers that they witnessed overflow parking on the grass.
“I know there were people parking in the grass, (but) I don’t know if that’s an acceptable overflow parking device,” Goodwin said. “In my mind it probably is (acceptable); maybe in someone else’s mind it’s not. I do know that we did the park trying to stay away from a massive island of concrete.”
“I think that additional parking spaces are the issue, and I think that regardless of relocating the dog park we need to do that anyway,” Councilman Bob Dorsett said.
Residents contended that expanding the parking lot was unnecessary.
“Let’s try to keep public land as natural as possible,” resident Veronica Putney said. “A little grass seeding is a lot cheaper than bulldozers and concrete.”
City Administrator Frank Salvato pointed out that any pricing discussions on landscaping, construction or civil engineering were only preliminary.
“The surveyor has to go out there and survey the property; there’s a lot of work before they can even start to design,” Salvato said.
The item included approval of extending hike and bike trails in Central Park to the intersection of RM 620 and Bee Cave Parkway, as well as constructing a low-water crossing to connect to existing park trails. A surveyor will have to assess the best way to make both the trails and the dog park Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.
The City Council unanimously approved spending no more than $5,500 to begin survey and field work for the dog park and trail extensions.
This story was updated April 30 to correct Councilman Bill Goodwin’s statements.
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