Woodstock dog park opens

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — The town’s first dog park opened to plenty of woofs and barks on Saturday.

The 72-acre park opened inside Fairview Park at 9 a.m. Festivities begin with an agility demonstration by local dog trainer Vicki Lutz.

Members of the town’s public works department, the Rotary Club of Woodstock and the town’s park commission cut the ribbon on the dog park at 9:30 a.m.

The first 50 dogs through the gates received goodie bags, and visitors entered a look-alike contest that judges how well dogs look like their owners.

“It’s like in marriage, you tend to look like each other,” Woodstock Enhancement Coordinator Katie Mercer said.

Construction on the park began in February. It was funded with $16,000 in capital improvement funds and a $14,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Woodstock.

Woodstock officials agreed to build a dog park after hearing recommendations from residents during reviews of the town’s Strategic Plan in 2013, according to Urban Designer and Neighborhood Planner Lemuel Hancock.

Public Works saved money during construction by building obstacles by hand instead of buying them, and using the natural land grade when building tunnels, Hancock added.

The Woodstock celebration coincided with the opening of the Strasburg Dog Park, for which a ribbon cutting was held on Saturday.

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