Market Square Park has two dog-runs, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. They are enclosed by a beautifully designed and lit crescent walkway so everyone can enjoy watching our four-legged friends frolic. Water features are in both as are benches and canine drinking fountains.
IN MEMORY OF HOLLY ANAWATY
The Market Square Park dog runs were officially dedicated on May 21, 2011 by Mayor Annise Parker in memory of Houstonian, Holly Anawaty. Named after the dog-lover and advocate for children’s services, the dog runs provide a place to celebrate Holly’s passion for dogs with the local neighborhood.
“Holly was an active member of the Houston community and was dedicated to her beloved dogs Bessie and Pete,” said Bob Eury, executive director of Downtown District. “In Holly’s memory, her friends have worked with the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Houston Parks Board to find a place that can be named in Holly’s honor and to celebrate her affection for our furry friends. We are honored that place is Market Square Park.”
Through Holly’s role as director of community and government relations for Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. she was able to promote community awareness within the organization and form employee-driven volunteer groups to support the spirit of the employees and their desire to help others.
During Holly’s time with Harris County Precinct 4, she worked closely with Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults, Children’s Assessment Center, Mental Health and Retardation Authority and Juvenile Probation Department. Holly was a member of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and also served on the boards of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, North Houston Association, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Women Professionals in Government, and Child Advocates, Inc.
Holly was supported by her two best canine friends, Bessie and Pete, as she fought a courageous battle with brain cancer. Holly lost her battle in August 2006.