The Bryan County Bark Park will have its official opening and ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the community’s new dog park near the ball fields in DeVaul Henderson Park.
The community is invited to join members of the Bark Park board and the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce as Bryan County Commissioner Jimmy Burnsed performs the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Doggie-shaped cookies, created by Coastal Confections and donated by Lesley Francis PR, will be served with lemonade and iced tea.
The Bark Park has taken two years from conception to completion.
“We are very proud to be opening the Bark Park this fall and realizing our community’s dream of a facility where dogs can run free and off leash,” Bark Park President Wendy Bolton said. “We invite dogs and their families to celebrate with us at our first annual Paws in the Park Fall Festival at the Bark Park from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. This will not only be a fun event, but a vital fundraising day as we still have a large funding gap to close and want to begin to plan for our pavilion and phase two of the Bark Park in the new year.”
The Fall Festival will feature a 3K run and half-mile walk. Registration is $30 at www.bryancountybarkpark.com or by collecting a registration pack at PawParazzi at Parker’s Square in Richmond Hill.
There will be hourly displays and competitions including a fall-fever costume contest, tricks-for-treats talent contest and owner-lookalike contest. Displays will include agility and police-dog demonstrations. Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. Also, Cedar Animal Hospital will do on-site microchipping from noon-
3 p.m. for $55, including the registration fee. PawParazzi will offer nail clipping and ear cleaning for $5 each with proceeds from both businesses donated to the Bark Park. Raffles and pet friendly shopping as well as children’s activities will run from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Money raised supports the fundraising campaign of the Bryan County Bark Park.