The Dearborn Dog Park is now open.
City residents need to visit the City Clerk's office to obtain a permit for their pooches to visit the park.
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.
A grand opening for the park was held on Aug. 19 when Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. cut the ribbon at the 2.3-acre facility south of the Henry Ford Centennial Library. The grand opening ceremony featured giveaways, refreshments and a limited supply of doggie goodie bags.
This unique pooch park is divided into two areas - one for larger animals and the other for smaller ones. The park is available to Dearborn residents only.
Each area is 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 is 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.
For further information, call (313) 943-2355.