AUBURN – The Auburn Chamber of Commerce led a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon for the new dog park.
Among the first to arrive were John Flynn and his recently rescued coon tree walker Priscella. He said Priscella has been coming every day and loves to play at the dog park.
Flynn: “This is outstanding. I was going to send a letter to the city thanking them. This beautiful. We don’t have a fenced in yard, so she has to go on chain in the city. This is her chance to get down here and play.”
Flynn said Priscella was rescued from the Auburn dog shelter and has been learning the ropes of the three-acre dog park that is divided into lots for small and bigger dogs.
Dr. Kristin Bohling of the Town & Country Veterinary Clinic also arrived early with enough dog treats for the first 50 dogs. She brought hypoallergenic treats to make the day as healthy as possible.
Bohling: “When they told me the city was interesting in putting in a dog park I was ecstatic because a lot of people come in and obesity is a huge issue with health in the community, so having a place to go exercise, having a place to let these dogs get out and get some exercise, socialize, was going to be huge.”
She brought her cocker spaniel named Case, who enjoys the big dog pen and socializing with everyone.
Mayor Scott Kudrna thanked Good Samaritan and Long’s Creek for making the land available and Union Bank for donating cottonwood and maple trees. A bur oak planted in the center of the big dog park was part of this year’s Tree City USA award.
He said the rules include have all dogs licensed. The city also asked park users to save grocery bags for use at the park.