Why is there no dog park in the highly-touted Exxon Campus area of Spring/The Woodlands, Texas? There is already a large apartment building and houses with undersized yards in Springwoods Village. But there is no place for residents to let their dogs run free. Exxon has incorporated a childcare facility into their corporate campus, but has given no thought to their many employees who share their lives with canine companions.
Adjacent to the Exxon campus is a “2,000 acre masterplanned” development called Springwoods Village. They began selling houses a couple of years ago and their google link mentions a planned dog park, but if you visit their website there is nothing about a dog park or anyplace that might be interpreted as a special area set aside for dogs or anything about pets whatsoever. Springwoods Village Facebook page has great info on apartments, houses, McMansions, hospitals, hotels, commercial development, and various amenities. But where is the place that dog owners will frequent to meet and greet, exchange helpful pet info, encourage healthy socialization among their pups, and let their dogs just be dogs?
If you spend a lot of time looking at the online minutiae, you will find a claim that dog parks will be built starting in 2015. But if you phone the development office, no one seems to be answering. So I filled out their contact form and asked about the closest dog park. I got no response. I even posted the dog park question on their Facebook page receiving no answer. However, the second item in the Key Local Resources for residents is Animal Control for Harris County. Yes, you can easily call the dog catcher to lock dogs up.
In the Community Charter the only mention of non-human beings comes under the heading, “Restricted Activities” which implies that anything to do with pets is restricted and controlled by the Village Associations’ Board of Directors. The Village Community Charter gives several scenarios of things that may happen concerning pets that would draw the attention of the Board. All of those instances end with the phrase, “the Board may remove the pet.” No appeal option is offered. Basically, if the Board does not like your dog, or cat, or bird, or snake, or the number of pets you have, or anything whatsoever to do with your pet(s) “the Board may remove the pet.”
There is still a lot of development going on in Springwoods Village. Commercial retail is growing very slowly and park landscaping seems even slower. There is still time to give attention to making this a pet-friendly community. But right now, a rational pet owner may conclude that this is not a pet-friendly neighborhood.
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