I posted this "Where am I" to the IBC Facebook page and now that it's been guessed correctly(!) I wanted to chat a bit more about the place in particular.
I have to say that when a friend told us about the existence of an actual dog park in Galveston we were skeptical. It took us a few months to be able to go hunt it down, but sure enough - there it is over near the Galveston Yacht Basin, Port Aux Prince condos, and/or auxiliary UTMB soccer/ultimate frisbee/any-other-fun-sport-on-a-beautiful-day field, depending on who you're talking to. But it's there. North of Harborside Drive on 6th Street.
And I will admit this is my first experience with a real dog park. I LOVE the way this thing is designed - it completely takes into account some of the bound-to-occur skirmishes that are naturally sure to exist at a dog park since, like humans, our canine friends each has a unique personality all their own. And, like we humans, I'm sure the dizzles appreciate the small "neutral zone" that allows them to start the sniffing and acclimation process while getting safely untethered to us bothersome humans.
Here's how it works:
Step 1. Take your leashed dogs into the first gated, fenced 10x10-ish area.
Step 2: Close the entry gate behind all of you so your "pack" is contained inside the small fenced area.
Step 3: Unleash your babies. Don't worry - you're inside a fence so they can't run off, and the other dogs at the dog park are safely on the other side of the 2nd gate, already inside the park.
Step 4: Open the 2nd gate into the park and whoooosh- watch your dogs disappear in a flash of whatever-color-their-fur-is as they tear around in glee smelling, sniffing, doing whatever to their little hearts' content!
What's also cool:
1. It's totally fenced: No escapes as long as the 2 gate system is adhered to.
2. There's a bowl, hose and water hooked up for when they get thirsty. They WILL get thirsty - they're running fools out there!
3. There's one of those Poo-bag-dispensers there, just in case you forgot to bring your own poo bag. And a trash can - novel idea, huh?!
4. There are plenty of trees for shade and a few nice picnic tables for us humans to sit and watch our furry kiddos at play.
5. It's free and an open-to-the-public community dog park. It belongs to all of Galveston - dogs, humans and I suspect the occasional unknowing squirrel who has no idea what he's just wandered into...
Leash up, Galveston!