Dallas & Plano Doggie Social/Events Meetup! Message Board › Beat the Heat: Twilight Hike & Dog Park Play Date
Twilight, the time between dawn and sunrise, and between sunset and dusk. Sunlight scattered in the upper atmosphere illuminates the lower atmosphere, and the surface of the Earth is neither completely lit nor completely dark. The sun itself is not actually visible because it is below the horizon. Owing to the unusual quality of the ambient light at this time, twilight has long been popular with photographers and painters, who refer to it as the "blue hour", after the French expression "l'heure bleue."
at RAILROAD PARK in LEWISVILLE
Date: Every Monday, depending upon the RSVP interest.
Location: Railroad Park, 1301 S. Railroad Street, Lewisville, TX 75057 (at the intersection of Railroad Street and Bennett Lane in southern Lewisville. There is easy access from both Interstate 35E and Highway 121 Business from three directions.)
Rendezvous Points: Please indicate for which activity you are RSVPing. Click here to RSVP.
Parking: Lots of free parking. From Bennett, head straight over the tracks and into the sports complex. The dog park is on your left just past the skate park.
Trail Rating: Level 1/Easy; 1.5 miles long without hills. (Any couch potato can probably do this walk in normal weather conditions.)
Railroad Park is a 250 acre, $20 million project that was completed in November, 2009. Amenities in the park include:
Four restrooms are placed in strategic areas. Three full service concessions and one vending area are provided for refreshments. The safety of park visitors is of the utmost concern. The lighting system is computer controlled and lights are on during regular park hours, which are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. November 1 through February 28 and 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. March 1 through October 31.
The six acre dog park features two areas for dogs and owners. One acre is dedicated to small breeds and five acres are reserved for larger breeds. Covered seating areas are provided in both sections so that owners may comfortably keep track of their animals. Near the entrances are transition areas to provide leashing/unleashing, waste disposal, wash stations and drinking & watering fountains.
Potential programs to be developed could include dog obedience classes and agility training courses. Several area animal rescue groups have been contacted in regards to forming a support group for the park.
It is recommended that you review the park's Dog Park Rules as well as the article The Pluses and Perils of Dog Parks located in our Files prior to going to this or any dog park to help ensure that you and your precious pooch have an safe and enjoyable experience.
Lakes & Trails
Three man-made lakes are within the park. These lakes provide a system for flood control and the irrigation source for the athletic fields, dog park and turf areas. No treated water is used for irrigation. All drainage and run off is designed to flow back into the lake system. Water from the Trinity River maintains a constant level in the event of a dry season or drought conditions. Liquid fertilization is injected into the irrigation system so don’t let your dog drink it.
Texas Parks & Wildlife stocks the main lake with fish native to this region. Potential programming will include fishing clinics and small water craft classes for kayak & canoe.
A perimeter trail encompasses Railroad Park. Participants are encouraged to jog or walk around the park on the 1.5 mile track. The trail was designed to connect to the area-wide Trinity Trail System, once developed. Upon completion, the Trinity Trail will stretch from Dallas to Denton.
On the northwest side of the property, a wetlands area remains in its natural form to provide a protected area for migrating & nesting birds and native wildlife.