Columbus public dog park to have grand opening Saturday

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 22, 2013 

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will be present Saturday for a ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Oxbow Meadows Community Support Facilities.

Festivities will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the event hosted by the Columbus Consolidated Government Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Department, Animal Care and Control Section.

Located at the South Lumpkin Road location are a festival field and pavilion but what will likely be of most interest to residents will be the dog park.

Drale Short, manager of the Special Enforcement Division of Public Works, said the opening of the facilities is “exciting.”

There are separate facilities for small dogs and big dogs. This is because, sometimes, large dogs get aggressive toward smaller ones.

“The dogs will be at their own comfort level,” Short said.

Short said the dog park, which has a surface of wood chips, will be a place for owners to play with their dogs, throwing a ball or Frisbee, without fear of the dog going into the street.

“If you are training your dog, you will be able to do it in a controlled environment,” Short said.

Parks and Recreation assistant director Holli Browder said the dog park is on 1.8 acres.

“There is plenty of space and we hope that it will get plenty of use,” she said. “It is the only one we have.”

Browder said the free park will be open seven days a week during daylight hours.

“There are no lights and no plans to put any there,” Browder said.

She said the festival field will able to host a variety of community activities.

There will be plenty of activities for dog lovers Saturday.

There will be pet adoptions by local agencies, pet product vendors, pet behaviorists, dog agility trainers, Disc Dog Demos and exhibitions from local K-9 units.

A special “Kids Zone” will include bouncy houses, face painting and treats for all, including dogs.

Rescues will be adopting animals and all owners should have proof of their animals’ up to date rabies shots. The recreation area was built as part of the 1999 Special Local Option Sales Tax in partnership with the Columbus Water Works.

Citizens interested in renting the pavilion can contact Parks and Recreation at (706) 653-4176 for hourly rates.

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