Pfc. Eric Apodaca, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, carries Ashes The Dane, a 4-month-old great Dane puppy, across the new Clear Creek Dog Park on Friday. The park, located near the Courses at Clear Creek golf complex, has a play area for dogs less than 30 pounds and another for larger dogs.

Residents asked and they received.

The first of two dog parks opened at Fort Hood this month on Clear Creek Road at Battalion Avenue. Two former baseball fields were converted to dog parks, one for dogs weighing more than 30 pounds, and one for dogs weighing less.

A similar dog park is scheduled to open south of Bronco Youth Center later this year.

Residents spoke out in favor of dog parks on-post during Facebook Town Hall Meetings hosted by the previous III Corps and Fort Hood commander.

Jessica Shirley, a military spouse living in Comanche I, said she loves that the new Clear Creek dog park is walking distance from her home. She and her husband are proud first-time dog owners to 4-month-old Ashes the Dane, a great Dane.

“This is more area than our backyard,” Shirley said. “Her being a puppy, this is good for socializing.”

The Clear Creek Dog Park is open during daylight hours.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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