Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Freedom: New dog park opens

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I'm a big proponent of leash laws.

I realize that may not make me popular with all of you, but I don't care. I have been chased and snapped at by way too many "really nice dogs" over the years to care. I've seen too many "well-behaved" dogs on the side of the street because they've been hit by cars. And I've had far too many friends that have been personally attacked — or had their leashed dogs attacked — by dogs running off leash.

I love canine companions (I cried for months when my favorite dog died), but here's the thing: Dogs are dogs. When they get excited, they run. They chase. They nip or bite. So please, please keep your dog on a leash. The only appropriate place to let your dog run free is in your fenced yard or a dog park. These are also the only legal places to let your dog run free. And, on that front, I bring you good news: A new dog park has opened. 

Read on, responsible pooch owners:

Colorado Springs, CO, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2013 – The Dog Park at Fox Run Regional Park officially opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The public and their pooches are invited to attend. 

The new facility is a five-acre fenced area for dogs to roam off-leash. The dog park was added to Fox Run Regional Park’s Master Plan at the request of citizens who wanted a safe place to let their dogs run and play off-leash. Dog parks have proven to be popular, as one of the County’s most used facilities is the dog park at Bear Creek Regional Park. 

“It's nice to see progress continuing to be made after the fire. The Dog Park is a great example of the community and County working together to provide a very important quality of life amenity for dog owners in northern El Paso County,” said District 1 Commissioner Darryl Glenn, whose district includes Fox Run Regional Park. Commissioner Glenn will be hosting the ribbon cutting on Friday. The dog park’s completion and opening were delayed by this summer’s fire and flash flooding. 

Hueberger Motors donated to the dog park through the successful Partners In The Park program. Volunteers with Friends of Fox Run Regional Park also donated $2,500 for the project through fund raising efforts. 

“We’d like to give a special bark out to Hueberger Motors and to our park volunteers for their generous donations,” said Dana Nordstrom, Community Outreach Coordinator. 

The parking lot for the dog park is located near the Stella Drive entrance in southeast Fox Run Regional Park. Stay to the right as you enter the park. 

For more information about Partners In The Park and the opening ceremony, please contact Dana Nordstrom at 520-6983. 


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