Dog park: All it needs is dogs

The place looked all set on Thursday.  They'll unlock the gates on Friday.

The place looked all set on Thursday. They'll unlock the gates on Friday.

On a ride around town today, I checked on progress at the new dog park at Timber Linn Park. I found the place ready to open but still locked up. when I got home in the afternoon, there was an email from Albany Parks Director Ed Hodney announcing that the dog park was indeed finished and that it will open tomorrow, July 25.

The area, about two acres on the north side of Timber Linn Park by the side of Timber Lake, is fenced so that dogs can run off their leashes, which Albany otherwise does not allow whenever dogs are in public. There are three separate enclosures: a dog run and one area each for small dogs and big ones. The place bristles with signs, as well as rules. Among others: No bullying, just like in grade school.

There is dog segregation by size.

There is dog segregation by size.

Ed's email message went to, among others, all those who had a hand in advocating for and setting up this first Albany park designated for dogs to run free: "We’re ready to open! Signs went up today, gates will be open tomorrow. Come out and give the new Albany Dog Park a test drive! We’ll consider this a soft opening and plan a grand opening in August. Enjoy, and thank you all for your help in making this park a reality."

A place for muddy to get clean.

A place for muddy to get clean.

The parks director told me earlier that having a contractor install the fencing cost $24,000. Signs and a water line added to the expense, but he said the whole thing came in at well under the budget estimate of $40,000.

As you can see from the photos, the place is equipped with a waste-bag dispenser as well as a dog-washing station. All it needed Thursday to be fully functional was dogs. (hh)

 

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