Lake County Dog Park to Open Saturday, October 17
It might have been a “ruff” project, but this dedicated group of citizens proved that sometimes the bark really is as big as the bite! So join the celebration this Saturday, Oct. 17 as the Lake County Dog Park (LCDP) officially opens. According to the LCDP Committee, a ribbon-cutting will occur at 11 a.m., followed by a contest for the best costume worn by a dog.
“It takes a village,” said Lake County Dog Park Committee Chair Stephen Whittington. “Many organizations and individuals came together to make this facility a reality at last.” And one that took 14 months with a fast-paced, get ‘er done schedule and a dedicated committee. And the end result is looking good for your four-legged best friend.
The fenced ¾-acre dog park is situated at the west end of Huck Finn Park located at 505 W 5th Street. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the skate park. Features of the park include a double “air-lock” gate system, numerous dog waste bag dispensers, a walking trail around the inside of the fence, a picnic table, and benches where tired dog owners can sit. Owners should bring water for their dogs, as none is available nearby.
For Saturday’s Grand Opening Celebration, hot dogs, tofu pups, and lemonade will be available in exchange for donations to support the dog park. Well-behaved dogs with licenses and all required shots are welcome to attend with their owners. The committee can accept tax-deductible donations through the Partnership for Lake County Recreation (PLCR). A container for small cash donations is located at Cold Nose Warm Heart.
Rules will be posted on a sign at the entrance to the new Lake County Dog Park. Important rules require that owners remain in the park with their dogs and must clean up waste, using the plastic dog bags which are provided at the park. Dogs must be on leashes outside the dog park and still are not permitted in many parts of Huck Finn Park. This is a daytime facility only, as the dog park has no lighting.
“My inspiration for this project came from two sources. A dog running free bit me while I was jogging down a street not long after I moved here in March 2014,” Whittington commented. “I also had a very active dog of my own but no place in town to let her run off-leash. The Lake County Dog Park is dedicated to Loretta, who ran away last December, before she ever had the opportunity to enjoy this new facility.”
Thinking about becoming involved with the committee? Well, the next Dog Park Committee Meeting, is tonight, October 14 at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room. Or for more information about the dog park, contact Stephen Whittington at (336) 782-1469, Leadvilledogpark@gmail.com, or visit the Leadville Dogpark Facebook page.