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Huntington's Dog Park Moving Along
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Also Contributing: Chris Mazivanhanga
Reported: Feb. 14, 2012 5:15 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 14, 2012 5:59 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Ryan Barnhouse takes his 150-pound dog Sampson on frequent walks in Ritter Park and around his home, but he's anxiously awaiting the opening of Huntington's first dog park.
"It's going to be good for him, because you know with a dog that size they really somewhere to go out and run. The park is fantastic, but you know, there's the leash laws, and it doesn't give you much places where you can let them go and just be dogs."
He's thrilled to hear plans moving right along. He tells us, "The accessibility is going to be real good, because we're a block away. This was we can walk over. We don't have to put him in the car and drive him anywhere. It's really nice."
About 80 percent of the chain link fence up up. Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District executive director Kevin Brady tells us, "The perimeter fence is done. Now this construction here will be the next phase."
A mild winter has helped move forward with the fence work. Now, construction plans for things like the water fountains and draining systems are about to go out to bid.
Brady says it's going to be great for the community. "It enables more people maybe to adopt pets who maybe wouldn't be able to, maybe people who live in apartments that don't have yards, people that don't have fenced yards for their pets," he says.
If everything goes as planned, the next step will start in May, and the park should be open to dogs and their owners by early summer. Brady says, "I think as more people begin to enjoy it and use the dog park, hopefully more donations will come in and we'll add more amenities and more world-class dog park type things to it."
They broke ground on the project last fall, after winning a $100,000 Bark for your Park! contest from Petsafe. That helped them move forward with the project a lot sooner than anticipated.
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