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Dog Park Idea at Henry & Ola Gaining Momentum

The park where residents hope to establish a park is on Henry Avenue in Seminole Heights.

Dog owners in Tampa Bay have a plethora of places to walk their furry, four-legged friends. But the official distinction of "dog park" has only been afforded to a handful of parks, according to the City of Tampa's website.

Maurice Rosas is hoping to change that by spearheading the creation of a dog park at Henry & Ola Park in Seminole Heights.

The idea is to create an area in the western section of the park for dogs to play, Rosas said.

"There's nice trees, and lots of shade," he said. "It works out that it will be big enough to accommodate big dogs and little dogs. The area will be fenced in. It will have places for the dogs to run under and jump on."

Rosas, who has lived in Seminole Heights for 15 years, is backed by Seminole Heights dog owners, a Facebook page supporting the move and an online petition that garnered hundreds of signatures.

To raise the money needed for project - Rosas gave a retail estimation of about $10,000 for fencing and other materials - events like a front porch party or doggie bowl gala are in the works.

Rosas is waiting for city officials in the parks and recreation department to give organizers of the dog park a layout for review. A call to a city official regarding the project wasn't returned.

The idea for the dog park came about after Rosas dealt with a "progressive degenerative illness" that made it hard for him to walk - or to take his black lab, Roscoe, to a dog park.

"It's not the greatest ease to take a bus to Al Lopez Park or a leashless dog park," he said. "I had been thinking about this for some time."

To donate or for more information, call Rosas at 813-727-6680.

Meilla Le'nor January 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM
I like and support that idea. I have been living in the area 4 years. If anyone needs help with a event or ideas please contact me.
David January 26, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Don't need a dog park across the street from my house it will antagonize my dog, besides dog owners for years have been letting their dogs run there
h.barrera January 26, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Crazy idea during these hard times. I can think of plenty of more worthwhile projects. Dog owners do not represent majority of residents.
Karen White January 29, 2013 at 02:50 PM
The funds will come sponsers and fund raisers not tax dollars. I live down the street from the park and my dog and I go there every day. I would love for him to be able to run free - a dog park will be a great benefit to the neighborhood dogs and the responsible owners who love them.

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