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Parks & Recreation

Dog Park Grand Opening

Special Interest Feature

Mayor Aungst cuts inaugurational ribbonPlenty of people put their pooch on a leash and came out to the Grand Opening at Crest Lake Dog Park on Saturday, February 1 from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Following the ribbon cutting, canines and their companions competed in the Look Alike, Costume and Best Dog-Gone Tricks contests, then mutts were measured in the Closest to the Ground and Tallest competitions, skills were tested in Dog Trivia contests and suggestions for the dog park name filled the suggestion box.

The new park is located on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at Glenwood Avenue. The park features three double-gated dog runs, allowing owners to unleash their pets in a holding area before releasing them into the play areas that are approximately three-quarters and one acre in size. Each play area has benches, waste collection supplies and disposal facilities, drinking fountains with pet bowls, leash holders and paw washers on concrete pads so guests can wash their paws and keep them clean when leaving the park.

People watch their dogs run free of leashes at the new park.A heavy tree canopy of oaks lend much needed shade, and lush landscaping make this park as comfortable for the pets as it is for their companions. A special attraction will be the 5-foot high by 7-foot long topiary of a St. Bernard and fire hydrants that will be situated in a sea of flowers.

The Clearwater Outdoor Arts Foundation has organized an art display in the park. Frenchy’s Restaurants is sponsoring the placement of five retired hydrants and Silas Beach, well-known throughout the area for his signature artwork, will lend his talents to decorating three of the hydrants.

Parking is available at the northwest corner of Glenwood Avenue and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, which is approximately one-quarter mile east of Highland Avenue.

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