Milford dog park to open Saturday

MILFORD — City of Milford officials will unleash the Mispillion Riverwalk Dog Park on Saturday, April 18.

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The Milford Dog Park has seen a lot of use since it opened last year.

Though the Mispillion Riverwalk Dog Park is firmly rooted in the hearts of Milford-area dog lovers the grass inside the park was not.

Mayor Bryan W. Shupe made the announcement on Monday at the start of the city council meeting.

To help the grass grow, Milford Parks and Recreation Department officials closed the park a few weeks ago.

“The park has received a lot of use in a short period of time, and we found that the newly installed sod was taking a pounding due to a large amount of dogs in the park at one time combined with the sod not having enough time to establish a root system. The park was closed under advertisement from the sod installer to allow the grass to establish deeper roots, and allow it to take hold,” Brad Dennehy, City of Milford Parks and Recreation director, said.

The park is divided into two separate sections. One for large dogs and the other for small dogs. Each section has room to run and play, seating for dog owners and a special water fountain for human and canine patrons.

The dog-friendly facility is 200 feet by 200 feet.

The dog park is located at the end of Marshal Street at the Mispillion Riverwalk, near Goat Island.

“It’s been more popular than I think anyone anticipated, and it appears to be drawing not only local residents but people from out of town as well,” Mr. Dennehy said.

And Milford-area dog lovers are eager to use the park again.

“A day doesn’t go by at parks and rec. when someone isn’t calling inquiring wanting to know when the dog park will be opened back up. We realize it has been an inconvenience for a few folks and their dogs over winter, but Goat Island and the Riverwalk are always open for people to walk their dog on a leash,” said Mr. Dennehy.

The dog park opened last year and since then the city has been learning the best ways to run a canine coral.

“Already we have seen that you’re never going to stop some dogs from digging, so moving forward we are already looking at creating area which will we mulched inside of the dog park to allow those dogs to dig and scratch around. From experience we know that replacing mulch is a lot easier than replacing sod,” Mr. Dennehy said.

“I think the Milford Dog Park is just another way for Milford to show our commitment to healthy lifestyles and opening up additional recreational opportunities not only for our two-legged residents but also our four-legged residents as well,” said Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe during the park’s opening ceremony last year.

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