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Richardson Bush Central Barkway Dog Park Opens Today

Post Date:05/19/2020 4:07 PM

The Richardson Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the reopening of the Bush Central Barkway dog park. The facility was closed March 13 as part of initial protective actions taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Bush Central Barkway dog park is located west of US 75 under the interchange where the President George Bush Turnpike intersects with the highway. The park includes separate areas for large and small dogs and includes an area for sedentary dogs.

Opening of the dog park follows guidelines set by executive orders provided by Gov. Greg Abbott. Opening of the dog park also follows guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and signs have been placed at the facility related to social distancing.

The CDC has also provided the following information related to interaction with animals: 

  • At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
  • We are still learning about this virus, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations.

*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking. Recent studies show that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. 

The Bush Central Barkway is closed after periods of inclement weather. Patrons can contact the park’s weather information line at 972-744-4301 and select option 9 for closure information.

Call 972-744-4300 or e-mail for more information on Parks and Recreation programming. 

(All updates can be found on the City of Richardson’s COVID-19 news page at

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