It's been a question that has been kicked around for a few years now. Does Lubbock need a dog park? Many in Lubbock will say yes, especially dog owners. The debate comes down to money and who will pay for it. According to the USA Today, dog parks are the fastest growing type of park in the United States.

Dog parks where canines can romp freely without a tether are the fastest-growing segment of city parks, according to a study by the non-profit Trust for Public Land.

There were 569 off-leash dog parks in the 100 largest cities in 2010, a 34% jump in five years. Parks overall increased only 3% in that time.

The increase mirrors demographic shifts: There are now more households with dogs (43 million) than with kids (38 million).

"It's a playground for people without kids," Harnick says.

Many dog lovers have kids, of course, but in congested cities where there are large concentrations of singles and childless couples and a dearth of open space, dog parks have become the equivalent of playgrounds and community centers.

It's one of the latest trends that cities are adopting and the driving force seems to be pet owners. What do you think? Does Lubbock need a dog park? If so, how should it be paid for? Let us know in today's LFN Poll of the Day.