Dog Park Opens with Tricks, Treats . . . and A Lobster?
by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today contributor
The gates officially opened on Saturday, Oct. 17 to the Lake County Dog Park (LCDP), a fenced playground for the ever-growing population of four-legged friends who call Leadville home. Located in Huck Finn Park at 505 W. 5th St., the 3/4-acre park is now available to dogs and dog-owners all days of the week, sun-up to sun-down.
The opening went off excellently with members of the LCDP Committee welcoming upwards of thirty furry friends with treats, toys, and scratches behind the ear. As part of the festivities, dogs sported their Halloween spirit with a costume contest, with participants dressed as a Chipotle burrito, banana split, and a Broncos fan. However it was Olive, a black Labrador who took first place with her lobster costume as proud mother Abby Long accepted the award on her behalf. Everyone was panting and smiling and kicking up dust under a summer day in fall.
With tensions running high in the heat cycle (and political season), and law enforcement bringing down the hammer with leash laws, The Lake County Dog Park Committee hopes to have brought the perfect spot for Spot to regain his freedom with an off-leash common ground where he and his new friends can romp around, socialize, and sniff each other as equals. Make it a regular stop on your best friend’s daily walk around town. For more about the new dog park or how to get involved, visit the Leadville Dog Park Facebook page, or contact Steve Wittington at Leadvilledogpark@gmail.com.
Brennan Ruegg is a proud friend of a dog named Mamba. They live together in Leadville and spend a lot of time in the thicket.
B-I-N-G-O at E-A-G-L-E-S for a G-O-D C-A-U-S-E
The fun starts at 2 p.m. and is a fundraiser for Holy Family Parish, with 10% of the proceeds going toward the Catholic Church in Leadville. The event will be held at the lodge at 800 Hemlock Street.
Get Your Spook On at Trick or Treat Street in Leadville
The ever-popular Trick or Treat Street will be extra special this year, because Halloween is on a Saturday! This annual event allows children to go door to door Trick or Treating in a safe, supervised environment. Leadville’s Trick or Treat Street will be held – as it always is – on the first two-hundred blocks of W. 7th Street on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 – 8 p.m.
The organizers are still accepting candy donations and volunteers to help assist with crowd control.