The Waxahachie Park Board approved to dissolve the city’s tree-planting program and voted to create a tree-planting fund at its Thursday afternoon meeting.

The tree-planting fund will allow residents to purchase trees or make a donation for trees year round instead of a limited time each year.   

Community Relations Manager Amy Hollywood said the tree-planting program included a ceremony to honor donors each year, but due to the low amount of donations that were received it was not cost effective to continue that aspect of it.

Trees may be purchase for $200 each. Some of the varieties that are available include Red Oak, Cedar Elm and Crape Myrtle.

For more information about the tree-planting fund, contact city hall at 469-309-4000.

During Thursday’s meeting, Parks and Recreation Director John Smith reported this year’s summer recreation program was a large success with around 5,000 youth taking part in sports camps, swim time at Penn Park Pool or attending open gym time at the Clift Elementary School gym.

The open gym was moved from the Turner Learning Center to Clift due to a structural issue with Turner’s gym. The summer recreation program ran for seven weeks.

“Summer recreation was a good success, and (we) look forward to it next year,” Smith said. “We keep a lot of kids active in the summer and we are proud of that.”

Smith told board members that the construction of the new Wags-A-Hachie Dog Park is underway. The park is located off of Howard Road next to the Rodeo Grounds. It can be accessed from the hike and bike trail.

Funding for the park came from donations by members of the public and several local businesses. In total the city was able to collect $16,000 for the creation of the park, which allowed construction to begin.

Smith said construction crews are putting the fence posts in place and will be putting fencing up starting on Friday. Once the fence is done water fountains will be installed.

Postholes have also been dug to allow the members of the Boy Scouts to put up a community board that will allow people to post public notices.

Members of the Girl Scouts have built benches and built some items that will be placed in the obstacle course for dogs to run around or through.

Donations are still being accepted for the park. Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Smith at city hall at 469-309-4271. The dog park is expected to open sometime in October.

Smith announced that the disc golf course, located in Brown-Singleton Park off Farley Street, is set to open Saturday, Aug. 17.

The disc golf course was a community project of Leadership Waxahachie and donations were collected from local businesses to fund the construction of the park.

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