Galveston, TX – April 1, 2019 – Thanks to a local Eagle Scout and community partnerships, Lindale Park now has two agility training courses for small and large dogs.
Collin Somerville, a Ball High School student and Boy Scout, had the idea for his Eagle Scout Project after seeing a similar course in North Texas.
“A dog agility course is a great way to spice up an ordinary dog park,” Somerville said. “A regular field of grass becomes a nice playground for dogs to run and jump around in, providing them with both a great and fun way to exercise. Dog owners benefit from this too, as they exercise alongside their canine friends.”
He started fundraising for the project last summer, and received donations from individuals and businesses for the project, including from Better Parks for Galveston, a non-profit that supports projects to improve local parks.
“Better Parks for Galveston partnered with Collin because a dog agility park will provide both physical and mental exercise for both dogs and owners and promote a positive social setting for community socialization enhancing the lives of our community,” said Sabrina Dean, president of Better Parks for Galveston. “Collin also showed us that his project would fulfill a much needed and wanted city park amenity.”
On a Saturday in January, Collin, along with friends and family, installed the equipment, which he’d purchased from Paw Power Agility Equipment. The City of Galveston agreed to build a fence and paid for those materials. Crews finished installing the fence in February. The courses are now open for dog owners to use in the Lindale Park Dog Park.
“Galveston is fortunate to have kids like Collin who have a vision and see it through, and supportive individuals and organizations,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “These courses are another wonderful addition to the island’s park systems and a great amenity for pet owners.”
Collin, who was recently confirmed as an Eagle Scout, had some advice for anyone else considering such a project. “Keep working toward your goals and never give up,” Somerville said.