Every Dog Has Its Day

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The Milford Parks and Recreation Department held the Grand Opening of the new Milford Dog Park on Saturday morning, November 1. Despite heavy rains and strong winds, over 15 dogs and their owners joined Mayor Bryan Shupe, City Manager Richard Carmean and Milford Parks & Recreation Director Gary Emory as they cut the ribbon and opened the park to the public for the first time.

“Milford ‘s new bark park is a state of the art facility for dogs and dog lovers alike,” stated Emory. “The Park is a destination that should bring additional public visibility to  Milford’s beautiful two-mile long  Riverwalk and further promote eco-tourism.  Visitors to this section of the Riverwalk will enjoy some of the most beautiful vistas that the Mispillion River has to offer.”

The new facility, located at 1 Marshall Street in downtown Milford, anchors the eastern terminus of the Mispillion Greenway and compliments the recently dedicated one half mile Goat Island Nature Trail. The park includes two separate fenced areas; one for small dogs and one for large canines. Each section includes a double fenced entrance area, human and dog water fountains, benches for the doggie care takers and shade for all.

“I think the dog park will be well used and for a lot of people one of our most enjoyable recreational areas,” said Carmean. “Whether a person is a dog lover or not it would be hard not to take pleasure in watching the dogs acting like dogs not having to be restrained by a leash or a small space. Very few dog owners have the ability to give their dogs that freedom.”

All patrons will be expected to follow the full list of park rules which are posted at the park entrance and City of Milford officials urge residents to review the following rules prior to arriving at the park. Dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times outside the fenced area, Owners/Handlers must immediately clean up after their dog(s) and properly dispose of the waste in the Dog-I-Pots containers provided. No smoking or food, human or canine, is allowed inside the fenced park area. All dogs must be healthy, vaccinated, and collared with identification and owners/handlers must remain inside, with leash, within view and control of their dogs at all times. Limit of two dogs per adult, Only flying disc and tennis ball type of toys are permitted within fenced area. Dogs in heat, puppies under 4 months of age and aggressive dogs are prohibited. Elderly large dogs will be allowed in the small dog park area.

The Dog Park will be open to the public from dawn to dusk. For any additional information, individuals can contact Milford Parks and Recreation Department at 422-1104 or link to the Parks & Recreation Department at www.cityofmilford.com.