Dog park, playground open for business


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The Viera Town Center Dog Park and Playground officially opened to the public Nov. 16. Check out a video on the Viera Voice Facebook page.

Jill Blue

Area residents now have a new place to enjoy the outdoors after the new Viera Town Center Dog Park and Playground officially was opened to the public Nov. 16.

The park, at the corner of Colonnade Drive and Rodina Drive in Viera, was made possible by The Viera Co., which developed the land, according to Nina Salvaggio, the community specialist for the company. The park was designed by Dix.Hite + Partners, she added.

“Every great community has a heart and we’re standing in the heart of Viera,” said Todd Pokrywa, the president of The Viera Company in remarks to those who gathered at the opening. “This is the central gathering place that’s going to continue to grow and evolve. This is one of the important components and pieces of the community where the residents are going to gather, where you’re going to be able to bring your four-legged friends, have a great day on a beautiful afternoon like this one.”

Christina Hite, president of Dix.Hite + Partners told the assembled crowd that the park consisted of “three pretty wonderful components.”

One, Hite said, is an oval lawn that can “serve multiple purposes” that she stated could be used for purposes to stage a small festival or to serve as an anchor to a festival.

“It serves as a wonderful, flexible space,” Hite added.

The second consists of a pair of dog parks, with one each specifically designed for small and large dogs so that “all dogs and all dog owners are welcome,” Hite said.

The third component is a playground, which is stationed by a restroom facility and a canopy which will provide shade.

Pokrywa added that the dog park eventually will flow to another park that he said currently was under design. He also indicated that the new dog park and playground won’t be the last of what’s constructed in the area.

“The pieces are starting to fall into place and really there’s a lot more to come. But, now we have a place to gather and this place will get larger and more active as we continue to add the future elements to the Town Center,” Pokrywa added.

Brevard County District 4 Commissioner Curt Smith also offered praise to The Viera Company for the project in remarks to the crowd.

“I think it’s just one more indication of how much these people care about the community, The Viera Company, because they don’t just build houses, they don’t just build buildings, they’re building a community and this is a perfect indication of the lengths that they will go to,” Smith said. “They’ve taken very valuable space that they could have put up some more of these big buildings and made a lot more money but they’ve set this aside for folks to enjoy and I think that’s indicative of how much they care about Brevard County … and Viera in general.” 

The park is located west of Centre Pointe Apartments and Fairfield Inn.

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