Rosenberg Mayor Bill Benton said he has been advocating for a dog park since he was elected to council eight years ago. And at Tuesday night’s Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, his dream came true.

Council members unanimously agreed to revise the policy that prohibits dogs in certain city parks.

“Right now, if you have a dog in the park, you can be asked to leave,” Benton said. “And if you didn’t, (code enforcement) could write you a ticket.”

At the May parks and recreation board meeting, city staff proposed creating an “off-leash” dog park in Riverbend Park, 2601 Ave. A, and allowing for a leashed area in Seabourne Creek Nature Park, 3831 SH 36. And in June, the parks and recreation board unanimously recommended approval of the proposed amendments.

The Riverbend “off-leash” dog park is in preliminary planning stages and the topic would be brought back to a future meeting for council discussion and consideration.

“Riverbend is not being used at all, so (a dog park is) a good use for it,” council member Isaac Davila said.

Parks and Recreation Director Darren McCarthy said the nature center area, which is made up of 130 acres of Seabourne Creek Nature Park, would be used for the dog park.

“This is kind of a neat deal and it is important,” Benton said. “All it took was eight years. Sometimes government works in two speeds: stop and slow.

“And sometimes it works a little faster. That’s why I tell folks, don’t take it personal if something you bring up here (is) voted down.

“But if you’re persistent, it could happen. This is a very good example. So, I’m very pleased.”

McCarthy said this item will be brought back to council at a future meeting as an ordinance so it will go into effect. The next council meeting will be Aug. 6 at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.

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