After several years of planning and construction, the new official North End Dog Park was opened on Saturday morning, December 16th, with a celebration by the local non-profit, RUFF, Responsible Urbanites for Fido.
Located in the flights area of the Gassy, looking over DeFilippo Playground, the new dog park will be fully operational through the winter months with new water features coming in the warmer weather. RUFF North End President Leslie Horn describes the days leading up to the opening.
“Each day has brought new challenges and successes. The concrete is now a lush green grass just waiting for paws to prance on! Jumps, tunnels, decking, misting hydrants and more have been installed and will prove to provide endless entertainment for our four-legged members and their owners. Lighting has been improved so that even when it is dark at 4pm, play time will go on! In the Spring, the water features will be online. The list goes on. It has been a long road and we have worked so hard to bring the North End a top-of-the line community dog park. We have finally reached the finish line.”
The opening celebration featured swag for dogs and RUFF North End t-shirts for the two-legged fans. Polkadog bakery was on hand with even more treats. Exploration and open play was the main activity for the dozens of dogs that attended.
RUFF’s Chair and President, Amy and Leslie, speak at the event shown in the video above. (Video by Roy Bettano).