Letter of Intent
Universal City Dog Park Letter of Intent
For years, dogs have been known to be man’s best friend and loyal companion. Dogs provide love, companionship, and moral support to their owners. No matter how extreme the circumstance, dogs will always be there for us. At the Universal City Dog Park Committee, we believe that we should give back to the dogs that are our best friends.
The Universal City Dog Park Committee’s purpose is to fund and erect a fenced-in, off-leash dog park for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds and for their owners alike. The Universal City Dog Park Committee started as a grassroots organization that formed the Athenian Dog Park Committee, an organization that laid the groundwork for a dog park for Universal City, Texas. The name changed from Athenian Dog Park Committee to the current Universal City Dog Park Committee about one year ago. The Universal Dog Park Committee is a subcommittee under the Universal City Parks and Recreation Commission and is in partnership with Parks Partners, a 501 (c) (3) organization.
The members of the Universal City Dog Park Committee are widely focused on the Universal City Animal Shelter and plan to have the dog park built adjacent to it. Our desired outcome in the building process is to receive any type of funding that we can. We want to build a safe environment for all of our citizens of all ages to take their pets without any physical limitations.
Our main obstacle is we have no funding. The results of a survey taken by Universal City citizens have identified the dog park as a high priority. The city was able to donate the 1.9 acres of land designated for the dog park but is unable to fund it. Our purpose then, is to raise the funds ourselves through funding efforts such as grants, donations, and fundraising events.
We are Universal City, The Gateway to Randolph Air Force Base. Many of the residents in Universal City are active duty or retired military personnel. We have our share of wounded military personnel that need a place to take their dogs to interact with them in a disabled accessible, friendly environment with other dogs and owners. We also have a senior population that would like to enjoy the benefit of an accessible dog park as well. We plan to make our dog park disabled and elderly accessible to fit everyone’s needs.
Our goal to make the park disabled and elderly accessible can be done by adding an eight-foot wide paved walkway, park benches, and picnic tables. We want to make sure that our disabled and senior population has the satisfaction of knowing that they can take their dogs to the dog park while still maintaining independence. We also want to promote responsible pet ownership and public awareness by setting rules and guidelines of what dog parents can and cannot do to keep everyone safe at the dog park.
The Universal City Dog Park Committee’s goal of funding and erecting a dog park has been in full effect for two years now. We plan to have Phase I of the Dog Park completed and opened by May 2011. Phase I will include an eight-foot wide paved walkway, signage, fencing, site grading, waste receptacles, and irrigation. This is estimated to cost approximately $45,000. Phase II will include landscaping, benches, picnic tables, covered pavilions, and dog exercise/agility equipment. This is estimated to cost approximately $35,000. This is all to be completed as funds become available. Because we are focused on making the dog park disabled and elderly accessible, we are asking for a grant or donation of $10,000 to help pay for the eight-foot wide paved walkway and/or $20,000 for mature shaded trees for the landscaping and covered pavilions. Any amount of money we receive is highly appreciated.
The Universal City Dog Park Committee is not an anonymous organization. The Universal City Dog Park Committee is led by a team of excellent personnel. This team includes Randy Luensmann, Director of Public Works; Harry Westerfield, Chair of the Universal City Dog Park Committee and Member of the Universal City Parks and Recreation Commission; Pat Collins, City of Universal City Financial Officer. The Committee itself is made up of more than twenty volunteers who would all love to hear from you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lori Putt at
114 Foxglove Lane
Universal City, TX 78148
All of us here at the Universal City Dog Park Committee thank you for reviewing this Letter of Intent and hope that you can assist us in our quest to fund and erect a dog park for our wonderful city.