New dog park opens in Obetz

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By Katelyn Sattler
Staff Writer

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Messenger photo by Katelyn Sattler
Obetz city officials recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the city’s new dog park. Pictured here, from left to right, are: Parks Maintenance Manager Gavin Adkins, Councilman Todd Gibbs, Councilman Mike Kimbler, Public Works Superintendent Marty Ryan, Mayor Angela Kirk, Councilman Guiles Richardson, Councilman Robert Kramer, and Parks and Recreation Director Kerri Duffy.

The city of Obetz celebrated its new dog park at Bridlewood Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 27.

Bridlewood Park is a six-acre park located along Bridlewood Boulevard It contains the three acre dog park, a playground, and a shelter house with picnic tables.

Mayor Angela Kirk performed the ribbon cutting honors along with Obetz City Council members Todd Gibbs, Mike Kimbler, Guiles Richardson, and Robert Kramer. ark Maintenance Manager Gavin Adkins, Public Works Superintendent Martin Ryan, and Parks and Recreation Director Kerri Duffy were also in attendance.

The dog park is divided into two sections: one for larger dogs 25 pounds and over and one for smaller dogs under 25 pounds.

The agility course equipment is expected to be installed this month for both areas, which will be a treat for active dogs that enjoy a challenge.

Waste stations with bags are available.

Doggie water fountains will also be installed soon, just in time for those hot summer days ahead.

Angled parking will be added this spring along Bridlewood Boulevard in front of the park between the speed bumps. There will be 12 angled parking spaces, two of which will be for handicap access. For now, parking is on street.

“No one can leave their dog unattended,” Kirk reminded residents. “We are excited to open our first dog park to meet the needs of our residents and resident pets.”

Dog park rules
According to the city of Obetz, the dog park rules are:
•It is open from dawn to dusk.
•Dog handlers must be age over 18 and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
•If your dog becomes aggressive, leash the dog and exit the park immediately.
•Puppies under four months and female dogs in heat are not allowed in the park.
•You are responsible for your dog and any injuries caused by your dog.
•All dogs must have a valid license and have current vaccinations.
•Dispose of your dog’s waste in the receptacles provided.
•Dogs must be under control and supervision of their handler at all times.
•Gates must be closed after entrance and exit.
•Food (human or dog) and glass containers are not permitted.
•The city of Obetz is not responsible for injury or damage. Enjoy the dog park at your own risk.

To report damage to the park, call: 614-491-1080 Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The rules for the dog park area also posted on the fence to the left of the entrance to the small dog area of the dog park and on the city of Obetz Facebook page.

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