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Grovetown to hold grand opening of new dog park

Posted: August 9, 2017 - 2:13am
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Grovetown’s new dog park will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, Aug 12, at Goodale Park. ABBIGAIL LENNON

Grovetown will unleash residents and their furry friends in its new dog park Saturday, during a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting in conjunction with its regularly scheduled farmer's market.

Completion of the nearly 1-acre lot at Goodale Park features an area for large dogs and a separate area for small dogs, both equipped with covered seating areas, toys and dog-friendly water areas. The dog park is the only space in Goodale Park where dogs can be let off their leashes.

Construction of the dog park began in March, according to Grovetown Leisure Services Director Janet Wheatley, and is the second of a multi-phase project for planned improvements to the entire park.

The first phase, which was completed in 2016 according to interim City Administrator John Waller, included the resurfacing of the basketball and tennis courts, some paving, and additional parking. The entire project has been funded with special purpose local option sales tax dollars.

Visitors to the park Saturday will see more than just a new dog park, which is part of phase 2 of the planned Goodale Park improvements.

To accommodate the dog park, the city did away with the dirt track that once surrounded playground equipment. The playground equipment was shifted to the right of the dog park and several parking spaces were added in between. In addition, the road throughout Goodale Park was paved entirely.

And no more portable toilets.

Wheatley said the old concession stand building was updated and renovated to include working toilets for visitors.

Plans for the third and final phase of the park's improvements include renovating the concession stand building, adding more restrooms and parking spaces. A multi-use field area and splash pad will also be added.

Wheatley and Waller said that the city also hopes to replace the park's outdated playground equipment and add more picnic tables and benches to the park.

"We will see exactly what we can get done this next year in the coming months as we compare the phase 3 plans with available funding as part of the overall 2018 budgeting process," Waller said.

Wheatley said that once the projects are complete, Goodale Park will look like an entirely different place.

To celebrate the opening of the dog park Saturday, Wheatley said that the Grovetown Farmer's Market will be held during its normal hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Goodale Park, with the ribbon-cutting for the dog park being held at 11 a.m.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their pets to the dog-park ribbon-cutting, Wheatley said, adding that aggressive dogs are not welcome, though the park has no breed restrictions.

"There are no dogs that are not allowed. A lot of people have asked that," Wheatley said. "We allow all dogs. There is a rule that there are no aggressive dogs allowed in the park. So it could be that your lab was aggressive. Visitors have to be mindful of that."

Grovetown city council members also updated its leash law ordinance, stating that pets are allowed off their leashes while inside the dog park. Otherwise, all dogs at Goodale Park not in the dog park area are legally required to be on a leash.

 

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