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Wildly popular Buffalo Bayou dog park reopens with new perks for pups

Wildly popular Buffalo Bayou dog park reopens with new perks for pups

Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway Houston skyline aerial drone shot
The Johnny Steele Dog Park is a beloved Buffalo Bayou fixture.  Photo by Jacob Power
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway pug
A local pug ponders the park.  Photo by Jacob Power
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Dogs and their buddies are packing the parks. Photo by Jacob Power
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway dog in water
The consolidated pond means more space and great views.  Photo by Jacob Power
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Dogs of all sizes are welcome.  Photo by Jacob Power
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Park-goers of the two-and-four-foot persuastion are encouraged to enjoy the new seating ledge. Photo by Jacob Power
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Area dogs are encouragd to cool off.  Photo by Jacob Power
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
The new amenities include a larger dog pond.  Photo by Jacob Power
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Johnny Steele Dog Park guests can pause and remember some favorite paws.  Photo by Jacob Power
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway Houston skyline aerial drone shot
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway pug
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway dog in water
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway
Johnny Steele Dog Park Allen Parkway

Houston dogs and the humans attached to them can now run free in the popular Johnny Steele Dog Park, which is nestled along Allen Parkway and has been closed due to the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. (Rising waters from Buffalo Bayou drained into the park, forcing the closure.)

The newly opened Johnny Steele Dog Park — named in honor of Johnny Steele, a Houston landscape architect — comes with plenty to wag a tail at, including enhanced greenspace and water features. “Changes to the dog park will enhance the site’s overall functionality for dogs and their owners as well as the Buffalo Bayou Park maintenance team,” Anne Olson, president of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, tells CultureMap.

Olson also addressed a pressing local concern, given last year’s storm damage. “This area will experience high water from time to time, but the design modifications should improve ongoing maintenance and operations,” she notes.

Here are some new amenities that pups and owners can expect:

  • A new, separate entry portal for small dogs.
  • Reconfigured fencing around the small dog area.
  • Expanded small dog area lawn and large dog area mulched lawn.
  • Eliminated separate ponds for large and small dogs and created one pond, with water feature, for all dogs.
  • New retaining wall with seating ledge around the pond.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership staff adds that they are in talks with AIG to grant surface parking at Allen Parkway and Montrose to dog park users after hours and on weekends.

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