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Frisco Dog Park, Ruff Range, to Open Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

Frisco Dog Park, Ruff Range, to Open Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.
(September 30, 2011) Frisco’s newest park allows residents to ‘let the dogs out’ -- without a leash.  Frisco dogs and their owners are welcome to celebrate the dedication of Ruff Range, Frisco’s first dog park, on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m.

Located at the southwest corner of B.F. Phillips Community Park, 3335 4th Army Memorial, Ruff Range provides 2.5 acres of open space including hills, terrain, trees, pavilions and benches for dogs and their owners to enjoy.

“Ruff Range is another example of our council, staff and residents working together to develop an amenity that helps Frisco in its ongoing effort to be a well balanced community,” said Mayor Maher Maso.  “A dog park has been on the ‘wish list’ of many residents for several years, and we’re glad to be able to meet those needs.”

Ruff Range provides an area for smaller dogs, weighing less than 25 pounds, and a separate area for larger dogs, weighing 25 pounds or more.  Ruff Range will be open sunrise to sunset, every day except Thursdays when the facility will be closed for maintenance.

Ruff Range is the result of a collaborative partnership involving the Frisco’s Park & Recreation Department, Parks & Recreation Board, the Frisco Community Development Corporation (FCDC) and the Frisco Dog Park Inc., a local organization.  The park’s price totaled an estimated $650,000, which includes a $150,000 contribution from the FCDC for pavilions.

“It’s exciting to see this project become a reality,” said Dudley Raymond, Planning and Business Development Manager, Parks & Recreation, adding the park has been in the work for approximately four years.  “This has been a team effort from the start.  The result is more than your average dog park.  It’s a place designed for dogs and families to enjoy together.”

Visitors attending the park opening should park in the B.F. Phillips parking lot by taking Stonebrook Parkway and turning south on 4th Army Memorial Drive, or by taking Teel Parkway and turning east on Timber Ridge Drive.  There will be no access to the dog park event from Lebanon Road. 4th Army Memorial Drive will be closed between Lebanon Road and B.F. Phillips Community Park from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Shuttles will run from B.F. Phillips parking lot to Ruff Range between
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. View the parking map here.

The City of Frisco reminds dog owners to pick up after their pets to help maintain the park, and keep it clean for all visitors.

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