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Keith Bennett throws a fake duck for his dogs at the new dog park in Pasadena. The park was opened officially on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.
PASADENA — With a snap of a leash and the clang of a fence gate the Pasadena dog park officially opened Saturday morning, with approximately 20 dogs chasing toys and each other to celebrate.
Mayor Otto Goulding was on hand, along with Coun. Derrick Anthony and dog park committee members to cut the ribbon at the park, which is near the baseball field. The dog facility is a fenced-in space with double gates, a gravel track around it and shrubbery in the middle. It even comes complete with a non-working fire hydrant.
Now that the park is open, committee member Jody Pilgrim hopes the dog owners do their part to make it enjoyable for all to use.
“We certainly want to see people who use this park to help keep it as clean as they can,” she said. “There are bags here and a garbage can, so we need all dog owners to do their part.”
The park cost approximately $14,000 to complete. The work was completed by town employees between seasonal projects. Officials took inspiration from the newly opened St. John’s dog facilities when the interest came about last year. Pilgrim said there are plans to add onto the park, with agility equipment possibly being installed in the spring.
For safety reasons small children are not permitted within the fences. Kids under 10 need to stay outside, and older kids up to age 16 must be supervised by an adult.
“Dogs play, the bigger ones can be rough and a child getting caught in the middle of that can be hurt,” said Pilgrim. “It really is just for safety.”
Dog owners were there mainly from Pasadena, but some came from Corner Brook, which still does not have a dog park. Corner Brook resident Graydon Mitchelmore said he would take his dog to an old soccer pitch or some other sports field to give it some exercise, which wasn’t always perfect.
“There could be anything on those field, could be glass, or anything, to hurt the dog,” he said. “We’ll be taking our dogs here now, it’s really great they did this here.”
The park could be the first of its kind on the west coast. Jessica Wight of Pasadena said she loves how safe it is, when the gates are closed.
“We’d go to the beach before, that wasn’t ideal,” she said. “I can let my dog go and play here with no worries, we like it and my dog seems to like it too.”
In the future there could be a shelter built and the fenced area could be expanded.