Local dog owners will soon have a new place to take their pets for some recreation.


Sherman is planning to officially open its new dog park at Fairview Park on Thursday. Parks and Recreation Manager Theresa Hutchinson told the Sherman City Council Monday the event will be held at 4 p.m. with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.


“Please bring your favorite four-legged friend or if you’re interested in adopting a new one, the Animal Shelter will be out there with one for you to adopt,” Hutchinson said. “Also on Thursday, we’ll be launching our Commemorative Brick Program for the dog park. The program will allow people to purchase engraved bricks to honor their pets and also help support the development of more amenities at the dog park.”


The new dog park area will be located behind Veteran’s Field in the northwest corner of Fairview Park. Hutchinson said earlier this year Sherman earmarked around $30,000 for work on the park. The dog park was one of the priorities identified in the 2017 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan, which was compiled following public input meetings held in 2016.


“This is an amenity a lot of people have wanted for a long time,” Sherman Mayor David Plyler said. “I’m really excited to finally show it off to the public. It’s going to be a great event.”


Hutchinson said the Commemorative Brick Program will have two different sized bricks available, with several different options. She said the four inch by eight inch brick will start at $50 and the 12 inch by 12 inch brick will be $150, but there will be a $10 extra charge to engrave a symbol on the bricks.


Deputy Mayor Shawn Teamann previously praised the selection of Fairview Park for the dog park, noting it’s central location in Sherman should make it easy to get to for people throughout the city.


“I think that the location is an ideal location because it’s property that we already own and it’s really not being utilized right now,” Teamann said.


Hutchinson also announced the dog park’s first big event will be Sherman’s second annual Mardi Paws celebration of Mardi Gras on March 9.


We’ll have vendors, contests, demonstrations and it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a parade, so we’ll have a dog parade,” she said.