Next week is shaping up to be a sunny, if somewhat cool, spring break, meaning the Ardmore Regional Dog Park implemented its new rules just in time.
The dog park has recently instated new rules that divide the space into two spaces, one for dogs weighing less than 30 pounds and one for dogs weighing more than 30 pounds. While the space has always been divided, Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said that the weight division is brand new.
“When we created the dog park the thought was that we would alternate which side was open in order to keep our dog park beautiful and the grass beautiful,” Ervin said. “If you go to a lot of dog parks they are either astroturf or they’re just bare dirt, and we didn’t want to do that. We wanted ours to be a pretty space.”
Ervin said that over the years they have received a lot of feedback requesting that instead of alternating which side was open, they use each side for different sizes of dogs.
“Sometimes the little dogs were intimidated and, for that matter, sometimes the bigger dogs were intimidated! We tried it for several years and we kept getting the same suggestion,” Ervin said. “So now for spring break we thought it was a great time to incorporate this rule.”
Assistant Director Alicia Henry said the two sides of the park will also soon be getting some new equipment.
“We’ve ordered a couple new agility pieces for each side called a mini hill climb,” Henry said. “It’ll be another activity that the dogs can climb on, and that should be here within the next four weeks.”
Thursday afternoon one couple, Kyle Lindsey and Chelsa Mapp, were out playing with their foster dog Baby in the side of the park devoted to large dogs. Baby’s former owners had stopped feeding her before she was rescued by Country Roads Animal Rescue.
In addition to Baby, the couple has two other foster dogs through the same organization. One that was used as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring has a face covered in scars. The other was abandoned by its owners after two years and was about to be euthanized before being rescued. To find out how to adopt Baby as well as the other dogs and cats the organization has available visit www. countryroadsanimalrescue.com.