The public is invited to the grand opening of the Dearborn Dog Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, when Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. will cut the ribbon at the 2.3-acre facility south of the Henry Ford Centennial Library.
The grand opening ceremony will feature giveaways, refreshments and a limited supply of “doggie goodie bags.”
Dog owners are welcome to bring their four-legged friends, however, all canine guests must have a license, issued by the City of Dearborn.
This unique pooch park will be divided into two areas, one for larger animals and the other for smaller ones. The park is available to Dearborn residents only.
Each area will be enclosed with a fence and accessible only through a gate, which will restrict entry to dog owners who have paid a fee for using the facility.
Each area also will be equipped with benches, dog waste bags and waste disposal stations, water access and unique “dog agility” equipment.
The dog agility equipment—which includes adjustable jump bars, elevated agility walk platforms, walk ramps, hurdles, teeter totters and barrels—is the result of a generous $15,000 donation from the Oakwood Group, a Dearborn-based company founded in 1945.
The dog park season will run from April to November each year.
Use of the dog park requires a permit. It costs $30 and is available by visiting the City Clerk’s Office at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave., or going online at www.dearbornrecreationandparks.com.
Owners seeking a permit must supply (1) proof of Dearborn residency, (2) a copy of the dog’s license, (3) documentation that the dog has been neutered/spayed, (4) proof of current vaccinations, and (5) photo of the dog.
The dog park will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through November 15, 2017. Those purchasing a permit now will receive access for both the remainder of this season and the 2018 season.
For a complete list of the rules and regulations governing the use of the dog park, visit www.dearbornrecreationandparks.com.
For further information, call (313) 943-2355.