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Midtown dog park to open in July, but where’s the grass?

The Truitt Bark Park will open July 29 at 19th and Q streets. The giant BARK letters will be decorated with artwork from local artists on a rotating basis every two to three years.
The Truitt Bark Park will open July 29 at 19th and Q streets. The giant BARK letters will be decorated with artwork from local artists on a rotating basis every two to three years. dsweeney@sacbee.com

A midtown dog park named for a longtime Sacramento activist and civic booster will open July 29, but don’t hold your breath waiting for sod to be installed. There won’t be any.

The Truitt Bark Park, named for Brooks Truitt, at 19th and Q streets won’t have any turf, says MidtownSacDogPark.com. Instead, the park’s play areas contain crushed granite. The city considered turf, but decided it would require too much water and maintenance, especially with all the romping dogs. But the site notes 41 percent of the park area will be devoted to greenery, including large-canopy trees.

The park will contain two oval play areas so smaller and larger dogs can play separately. The 7-foot-tall BARK letters will be used for artwork that will be rotated every two to three years.

The Sacramento City Council approved plans for the park and named it for Truitt in 2015.

“A lot of the things we’re seeing come to fruition (in midtown) were because of his dogged leadership and in knowing there was more to this area than just a warehouse district or just some state offices,” Councilman Steve Hansen said at the time. “Brooks was a hero to many and helped preserve so much.”

The park opening July 29 will include a community celebration and the unveiling of the first artwork decorating the BARK letters.

The park will be open from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. Dogs may be off-leash only in play areas, must be licensed and must not be aggressive. You must have at least one owner or handler present for every two dogs.

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