LOCAL

Antrim dog park open for four-legged visitors

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Antrim Township Community Park invites visitors to bring their pets to the dog park, now open for business.

Dogs are welcome at Antrim Township Community Park. They always had been, of course, as long as they were on a leash and owners cleaned up after them.

As of Oct. 7, a new dog park caters to the canines. Supervisors approved the idea last April, and township employees constructed the one-acre park near the main soccer field.

Parks director Mike Condo took charge of the project. Antrim employees built the park under his supervision. They cleared the overgrown land and graded it. A fence was installed, with separate areas dedicated to small and large dogs.

Benches are now in place so people can play with their pets, and also take a rest. Colorful "playground equipment" is on site for the dogs to enjoy. Park use rules are posted on a prominent sign at the entrance and on flyers, and plastic trash bags hang on the fence near trash barrels.

The township will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the dog park at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 with the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

"We're very excited and have already been receiving some positive comments," said Antrim administrator Brad Graham. "The supervisors are equally excited that Mike and the road crew installed it so economically."

Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the park, and must follow 16 rules.

All dogs must be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and wear a license and i.d. Owners/handlers are responsible for dog behavior at all times.

Dog waste must be cleaned up and thrown in the trash. According to Rule No. 6: "This is the single most important thing dog owners can do to help insure the ongoing success of the dog park. Leave the area cleaner than it was when you arrived. It's a small price to pay for being allowed to enjoy this wonderful park with your dog."

People are not permitted to use the park as a babysitter for their dog or children. No food or treats (human or dog), alcoholic beverages, strollers, bicycles or children's toys are allowed within the fenced area. Owners must also fill any holes their dogs dig.

Violations could result in dogs and owners being banned from the park.