A new park has gone to the dogs, and dog-owners are very happy

Published on April 12, 2013 with No Comments

The new attraction at Optimist Park is saving Robin Riggins time and fuel.

Milton’s new dog park is a great destination for her and her dog because it’s only five minutes from her home, much closer than the Pensacola dog parks she and her 5-month-old puppy had been visiting.

She visits the Milton park two or three times a week, as does Kathy Stinson, who also has a 5-month-old dog. The two animals raced and played around the field while the two women enjoyed a clear, cool April day.
“It’s nice to have a big area to let the dogs run,” said Stinson, pointing to the sprawling field, where other people played Frisbee with their dogs.

And Riggins liked a nice touch at the watering station. While many watering stations are little more than a faucet and muddy ground, Milton’s has pebbles to catch the water and eliminate the mud.

The park, which opened in February, will be officially recognized on April 26, Arbor Day, when officials will plant a tree to provide shade.

In the plans, once money is available: A structure that will provide more shade for people.

The dog park is divided by chain link fence into two areas — one for dogs under 25 pounds, the other for larger dogs. Ramps, a sliding board and huge pipes offer the animals diversions, and benches let the owners sit down and relax.

The dog park, on Old Bagdad Highway, is a joint project of the city, which maintains the park, and Santa Rosa County, which owns Optimist Park.



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