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New dog park to be a real asset

A project which has been in the works for the last few years is coming close to completion.

The Hancock County Park Board has been working with volunteers and local officials to design and construct a new dog park on Gas Valley Road, to be located near the Hancock County Animal Shelter.

Last week, it was announced a soft opening is being planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 19, to include vendors, a pet costume contest, a photographer and prizes.

This project truly has been a labor of love for those involved, who wish to provide a recreational area for the pups of the county, and we are thankful to see if happening.

Any recreational area, whether for humans or our pets, is a benefit to our local communities and can be counted as an asset.

In addition to providing an open space for dogs to walk around, something not everyone is necessarily able to provide, the dog park is expected to include some shelters to provide shade for the dogs and some equipment to allow for additional exercise opportunities.

Of course, it would not be possible without the efforts of the volunteers who have been working to design and plan this project, or those who have worked to raise or donate money to the cause. Just last week, the park board received another $500 for the park, including $100 from a local youth — Madelynn McKinney — who raised the money through a lemonade stand. The remainder came from the proceeds of this year’s Drool at the Pool event, held recently at Tomlinson Run State Park. Heather Meadows has organized the event the last few years, donating a portion of the funds raised.

We thank everyone who has been involved in putting this new dog park together, and encourage our local dog owners to check it out once it is open.

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