NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – A Nacogdoches resident decided to throw four-legged friends in East Texas a bone.
Kellie Webb says right now there's no dog park in the area, but she's about to change that and she has hundreds of fans backing her on Facebook.
"Well I started a Facebook page just to see if there was any interest and within about a week we had about 200 fans, now we're well over 500," said Webb.
That's more than 500 people that want to see a dog park in Nacogdoches.
"It's exciting that there's so much support and that I'm not the only one that's wanting it and that there's other people that have dogs, and who want to be active with their dogs," explained Webb.
She said it will be the first park for canines in East Texas and dog owners are thrilled.
"I'm surprised that it's taken that long, but I'm so glad that we're getting something like that," said Sandra Hopson, the proud owner of a rescue dog.
Hopson said she would make the drive from Lufkin to take her 7-year-old dog Mimi.
"For some people, they don't have a yard they can play in, they have to resort to walking them along the streets," said Hopson. "It gives the dog a chance to get out there and be with other dogs."
Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition is backing the park, saying giving man's best friend a workout could help the owner.
"Generally when people have fit pets, they're generally fit themselves," explained Kinnie Parker with the coalition. "So, if they're taking care of their pet, they're taking care of themselves and we're just excited about adding this feature to Nacogdoches as another option for pet owners."
The doggie park will be at Banita Creek Park North off Pearl Street. The park will be a little over an acre and Webb said they plan to have a double-gated entry where owners can take the leash off of their pets before actually going into the park.
"It's going to be good for the community," Webb said. "It's going to get people out with their pets and it's going to be good for dogs, for pets, we have nothing like that now."
It'll take at least a year to open, but for many dogs and their owners, it couldn't get here soon enough.
Webb said the plan is to start out simple with fencing and eventually add things like agility equipment as funds become available. The park would be free and open to the public.