|Drawing depicting the original proposed design, courtesy of Bark9, which probably got it from League City. Aerial photo circa 2007.|
From what I can tell, the forensics are complicated and bear all the hallmarks of the typical League City politics. We may never know the full story. Pretty much none of the original players are still around today - council has been churned extensively and we've had, what, about twenty-nine different city managers and assistant managers since 2007?!
|OK, maybe twenty-nine is a slight exaggeration, but League City is absolutely legendary for its high rate of administrative turn-over. |
Screengrab courtesy of KTRK-TV.
In the meantime, if you are either for or against a dog park in general, for or against the 750 Centerpointe Drive location, your contact resources are given at the end of this post.
You should use those resources. What happens with this dog park will not be solely a result of political machinations - the decisions will be influenced by the net will of the people. That was clear to me from the 2007 - 2009 forensics. If you want a dog park, whether it's in this designated Centerpointe location and/or in another location, it's not going to happen automatically if nobody puts in any effort. League City has a pot of money which by law is earmarked for park development. How and where that money is spent will continue to be primarily a basic function of two things:
- Who is trying to milk what angle for political gain.
- Who screams the loudest.
- Bark9 website and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The president of this nonprofit was heavily involved with the previous League City effort and is a walking encyclopedia of dog park information both general and specific.
- The League City Community Dog Park Wordpress site, as of this writing not active since 2010, but a source of historical information and maybe they will now start posting again.
- The City Council website for League City, with links to sub-pages with emails for the Mayor and elected members.
- This blog's dog park label category, where I'll be tagging all future entries on this topic.
- Galveston County Daily News League City category, which will no doubt report on future developments (paywalled site; subscription fees $168 per year as of this writing).
- Houston Dog Park Association
|One thing is abundantly clear to me: League City is way, way behind the times in not having a dog park. That nearest push-pin icon you see on this map is the dog park at Bay Area Park, which is exactly ten miles from LC's City Hall. And not just any ten miles - an unrealistically slow ten mile drive through the congested heart of Clear Lake (thirty minute drive each way). I never go there - it's just too inefficient a use of my time when I could be using that same hour to do like everyone else in my area does - walk my dog in the Interurban easement that runs on the northeast side of the proposed 750 Centerpointe Drive dog park location. |
Screengrab of the existing dog park map, courtesy of Houston Dog Park Association.