Dog Park Grand Opening
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.
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