Mayor cuts ribbon on Elkhart's first dog park

Aug 10, 2017

Elkhart’s first dog park opens to the public today. Mayor Tim Neese cut the ribbon at Dr. Frank Booth Bark Park yesterday. Named after the longtime local veterinarian, the park is located at High Dive Park near the city’s downtown.

Mayor Tim Neese said Elkhart is looking forward to a very successful dog park.

“You know, I think we’ve had a very good relationship with our four-legged friends over the years,” Neese said, “and we want dogs to be happy, and I think when they see this, they will want to come back.”

With keycard entry and two different gated areas for small and large dogs, the dog park is the vision come to life of the Elkhart Community. Part of the Vibrant Communities initiative, construction for the dog park started two years ago with input from the public at various forums and meetings.

Membership is required to access the park. A 25 dollar fee in January, includes year-round access to the park, a monthly newsletter with important park updates as well as access to quarterly seminars covering canine topics.

For the rest of 2017, the membership fee is 12 dollars. To get the membership, a dog must be properly licensed by the city of Elkhart. Access is also available to non residents.

The public can begin purchasing dog park memberships on Wednesday, August 9.

Mugsy, a pitbull-pug mix, enjoys a game of fetch with his owner, Nichelle Ganger, of Elkhart, in the small dog area of the Frank Booth Bark Park.
Credit Barb Anguiano / WVPE

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