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So you love the dog park?

Have you considered becoming a member of “Friends of the Dog Park, Inc?” “Friends of the Dog Park” is an organization of people who love their dogs and those who love dogs period. They exist to help promote off-leash areas in Lexington for the enjoyment of responsible dog owners. Isn’t that great?

Their mission is as follows: “Friends of the Dog Park, Inc. is a non-profit organization open to all dog lovers and dog owners. Our primary focus is to create and sustain attractive off-leash areas in Lexington-Fayette County and promote responsible dog ownership through education and recreation.”

It is a non-profit organization that began in May 2000 with 3,000 signatures on petitions supporting off-leash areas. A Dog Park Committee from the Parks Advisory Board was established in June of that same year to create a proposal for off-leash areas in existing parks. The plan was submitted in January 2001 and was accepted.

In order to fund the creation and maintenance of the dog parks, several fundraisers exist to keep our parks up and running. You may have even already participated in one or two of these events. The Dog Paddle in 2009 had over 600 dogs in participation and raised enough money to begin fencing in the second paddock out at the Masterson Station Dog Park. Yay for happy swimmers! Plans to open this section are for Spring 2010.

Membership dues also help and it only costs $10 to become a member!

If you don’t want to become a member, you can always make a donation to the Friends of the Dog Park.

And of course there is always merchandise to buy with proceeds going to support the dog parks.

If you go to the Friends of the Dog Park website, you can click on the park you go to the most, and join the email update list about your park.

Make sure and check out their website to find out ways you can participate in making this city a dog’s favorite place to live!   Look forward to seeing you and your pooch this spring.





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