Dog Park to be Put Down

Unleashed Park indoor doggie playground to close this weekend

By Bruce Felps
|  Monday, Jun 7, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM CDT
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"I like taking my dogs to the park on my own time no thanks to you weather. Indoor park with turf is the way to go." - abfsra/flickr

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Unleashed Park opened just more than a year ago as a high-concept, high-end indoor dog park in East-ish Dallas. It goes out this weekend, at close of business -- ironic, huh? -- June 13, with a whimper instead of a growl.
 
The company’s official name, Unleashed Indoor Dog Parks, plural, provided some insight into big long-range plans, which won’t come to fruition. The building sits on 6.5 acres, and the indoor portion of the playground contains 50,000 square feet, which is 10,000 square feet bigger than my local Whole Foods location. So, yeah, pretty ambitious.
 
According to its price sheet, rates started at $7.50 for one dog to take a walk in the park, and $25 a day for day care.
 
The announcement issued by Unleashed Park management cited the economy for its demise, and, oh by the way, you won’t be getting any refunds on those prepaid long-terms packages. The statement also said they plan to spend a year regrouping with the hopes of reopening “within the next year,” providing they get some private investors.
 
Can’t help but think it’ll be pretty tough, though. White Rock Dog Park sits and stays practically a straight shot up Buckner Boulevard about seven miles away, and it’s free, although not a lot of fun in the rain or cold. A smaller version of Unleashed Park is in Lakewood, less then two miles from the White Rock park, and it’s been doing just fine for years now.
 
So what happens next? Only dog knows.
 
 Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He misses his dogs, particularly Hunter.

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