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Elkhart dog park opens Thursday

ELKHART, Ind. – The official opening of the very first dog park in the City of Elkhart was announced today.

Elkhart City Mayor Tim Neese announced that the Dr. Frank Booth Bark Park will be opened to the public Thursday, August 10th at High Five Park near the city’s downtown.

The park which is named after longtime local veteran Dr. Frank Booth will include two separate areas for both large and small dogs.

The construction of the park began in 2016 after strong public demand for a park that would allow “woman and man’s best friend” to be able to roam in a controlled environment.

The feedback came from several town hall meetings held by newly appointed Parks Superintendent Clyde Riley as well as the Vibrant Communities Initiative.

Mayor Neese stated that “This feedback has allowed us to develop a park that will be safe and professionally managed… I am pleased that the city’s first dog park will soon be open to the public and appreciate everyone who gave of their time, money and expertise.”

Park membership is gained by properly licensing each dog in order to receive a tag which allows members to upload their pet’s information into a nationally recognized database which helps owners locate lost pets quicker.

The park is only open for a portion of 2017, so the membership fee has been reduced from an annual $18 licensing fee and $25 membership fee to a $12 fee for the remainder of August to December.

Non-residents have the opportunity get three-day passes for $5 or an annual pass for 35 which both require written proof of vaccinations.

Memberships will be available to the public tomorrow.

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