A discovery of what someone thought might be Native American artifacts won’t delay construction of League City’s first dog park, state officials said.
An unidentified League City resident discovered some unusual pieces he thought might be pottery about April 9 at Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside, 100 Alderwood St. He reported his find to the city, city spokeswoman Bridget Kramer said.
Crews stopped construction after the discovery and sent the mysterious artifacts to the Texas Historical Commission, Kramer said.
The Texas Historical Commission oversees historic preservation and possible archaeological sites.
“We did ask them to stop construction until we knew what was found,” said commission spokeswoman Leah Brown.
The commission decided Wednesday that the pieces of hardened clay weren’t historically significant and that the city could go ahead with construction, she said.
“They found what we commonly refer to as ‘geo-facts,’ naturally occurring pieces of stone that somewhat resemble culturally altered stone artifacts,” Brown said.
If the state archaeologists determine the artifacts had historic significance, the process could have included a site evaluation and a possible excavation.
Crews had already completed the north and south trails at the park and had scheduled plumbing work to start this week on drainage for dog wash pads. Bid packages for fencing of the park were due Tuesday.
Final grading and mulching stopped when the resident came forward with the items he found that may have historical significance.
In February, the council approved creating the dog park. The council had already approved spending $150,000 for a dog park in the 2017 budget, and that item is on the 2017 capital improvement projects list.
A dog park is where people are allowed to bring their dogs and let them play with other dogs in a fenced area. Amenities can include obstacle courses and watering stations. Like other parks, dog parks are maintained on a regular schedule.
The League City Dog Park Association, founded in August, is raising money for amenities at the new dog park such as benches where people can sit and agility stations where dogs can play. Plans for a pond are still in place, and the association is fundraising to pay for it.
The parks department also is looking for other sites for more dog parks in the city.