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Dog Park to open in Huntington

DOG PARK: Barks and Rec Dog Park will open on May 3 in Yeoman Park.

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Huntington county residents and visitors will have a new place to take their pets to play.

Barks and Rec Dog Park will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 3 at 6 p.m. It will be open year-round. The park is located at 840 Market St. in Yeoman Park. Hours will be from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.

The park includes two fenced areas for dogs to play, as well as a shade structure and benches.

“A dog park is an opportunity for pet owners to get their pets socialized as well as doing some socialization themselves,” said Steve Yoder, Huntington Parks Department superintendent.

Suggestions were accepted from the public for the dog park’s name and narrowed down utilizing a couple different groups, according to Yoder.

He added that dog parks promote safe pet ownership and allow for off-leash exercise for dogs.

“This goes for both physical and mental exercise, which can help to deal with troublesome behavior by dogs, especially young dogs,” Yoder said.

There will be trash cans on each side of the dog park along with several waste bag dispenseries. Still, Yoder recommends that dog owners always carry waste bags, just in case.

The cost for an annual pass for city residents is $30, while out of city residents will pay $35 and those who live outside Huntington County will pay $40. There is also a $15 per additional dog, up to three per household. City residents will pay just $15 per year beginning July 1. Fees for county residents will also decrease to $18 per household and $22 per household for out-of-county residents

Membership paperwork is available at the Parks and Recreation Office, 634 Webster St. Members will then receive a Paw Pass and key fob to allow them to enter the park.