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Bark in the Park 2022 event set for April 30

Morning Journal/Danielle Garner Bark in the Park 2022 will be held Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

COLUMBIANA — Bark in the Park is back for 2022. The Restoration and Beautification Committee of Columbiana along with Firestone Dog Park Committee are looking forward to holding the event around the time National Dog Park Day is celebrated.

Bark in the Park 2022 will be held Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will be held past the park offices across from the baseball field near the little clipper practice field by the walking trail.

Guests will enjoy pet-friendly vendors, pet adoptions, trick demos/“tricks for treats,” prizes and giveaways. Designed to raise awareness and funds for the Firestone Dog Park, offer a glimpse of the community dog park’s expanded paw-print, support local pet-friendly businesses and charities, as well as showcase the natural beauty of the historic park, Bark in the Park 2022 is the second such event hosted by the Firestone Dog Park Committee.

According to information collected by the National Association of Realtors, dog parks increase property values, decrease vandalism and promote community involvement.

City residents and seniors can allow dogs to engage safely with other dogs. The park will have two sides, one for large breeds and another for small breed dogs along with waste receptacles, benches and water stations.

While the event promotes awareness and funds for the dog park Mary Ann Green, communications professional, believes Bark in the Park perfectly exposes pet friendly vendors to a wide range of customers while showcasing the location of the dog park.

“It’s going to a community dog park so we want the community involved and we thought this was a great way for area rescues and pet friendly businesses to get out in front of the perfect audience,” Green said.

Low vegetation has been removed from the area where the dog park will be and the remaining trees are included in the finished design. The size of the dog park has increased by three quarters from the previously planned one acre.

Construction crews, park officials and the Firestone Dog Park Committee determined the current placement of the dog park will reduce flooding and parking conflicts.

Firestone Dog Park Committee members hope costs for supplies level out this summer allowing further construction.

“There is no question that we will be building this dog park. It’s a question of when because of the supplies and other work that has to go into it,” Green said.

A significant amount of funds have been collected and additional community members have stepped forward to discuss making further contributions.

Community feedback has been positive and anticipatory. Seeing progress has enlightened residents regarding the enhanced safety and socialization opportunities for dogs.

“The reality is a lot of people are in town here,” Green explained. “Now you can go and let them [dogs] run.”

Green is impressed with how the dog park compliments the current improvements and aesthetic of the park.

“It’s so scenic and natural. It feels like if I were a canine it would be a great place to go relax and sniff. There’s deer running back through there and supposedly there’s a fox back there,” she commented.

dgarner@mojonews.com

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