The Dog Park rocks!

Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:24 pm by

That's photographer Anne Sheridan with her dog at the park on Friday....

That’s pho­tog­ra­ph­er Anne Sheri­dan with her dog at the park on Friday.…

Ever since the Dog Park opened last year, it’s been well-used & has become one of the more pop­u­lar places in town. 

Here’s an update for the Update from Lori Stokes:

New Island Dog Park is Rous­ing Success!

Last fall, a won­der­ful new addi­tion to our island opened:  Eddie & Friends Dog Park. It has been — by everyone’s esti­ma­tion — an absolute­ly phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess.  The strong sense of com­mu­ni­ty that the park creates/reinforces is unlike any­thing else.  It brings togeth­er peo­ple of all ages, cul­tures and socio-eco­nom­ic back­grounds  — peo­ple whose paths might nev­er have crossed oth­er­wise.  The dogs love it.  The peo­ple who come to the park with their dogs love it.  And the peo­ple who vis­it it say it is one of the very best dog parks they have ever seen.

At almost any time of day, any day of the week, there are at least a few cars in the park­ing lot.  And at many times, the park­ing lot is prac­ti­cal­ly full.  As Jack McKen­na, one of the park’s steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers, com­ment­ed, “We thought we were build­ing a C bat­tery, and instead it turns out that we built a 150-watt light bulb!”

Cre­at­ing the off-leash park was clear­ly a com­mu­ni­ty effort.  Hun­dreds of islanders made finan­cial or oth­er con­tri­bu­tions.  Most impor­tant was the gen­eros­i­ty of Ter­ry and Rob Browne (Terry’s dog Eddie is the “Eddie” in the park’s name), who agreed to let the park be locat­ed on a beau­ti­ful two-acre site adja­cent to Browne’s Home Center.

Here are some com­ments from park users, tak­en from the park’s guest book and oth­er com­mu­ni­ca­tions that the dog park steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers have received:

Com­ments from the people:

“The dog park is awesome!”
“Each day we dri­ve to town, and as soon as we turn on Mullis, our dog knows we’re almost there.  His enthu­si­asm for the adven­ture ahead is obvious.”
“This is the very best thing that has hap­pened in Fri­day Har­bor since I moved here 12 years ago.”
“The park is a lot of fun for dogs and own­ers alike – it is tru­ly a great addi­tion to the community.”
“My dog and I trav­eled across the coun­try last year, and nev­er came across anoth­er park (dog or oth­er­wise) which could begin to compare.”
“This is the best com­mu­ni­ty gath­er­ing place on the island.”
“I thought it was all about the dogs, but it has turned out to be an oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet great islanders I wouldn’t have met otherwise.”
“The dog park is just anoth­er facet of heav­en on our island.  It brings hap­py dogs and hap­py peo­ple togeth­er every day.”
“We don’t cur­rent­ly own a dog, but we come to the park on week­ends to play with oth­er people’s dogs.  It’s our ‘dog­gie fix.’”
“All I can say is WOW!  What an amaz­ing facil­i­ty you have cre­at­ed here.”

Com­ments from the pooches:

“It’s my very favorite place to go!”
“Best smells in town!”
“Woof woof!”
“I love com­ing here so I can run and play with my new friends.”
“I am sooo glad the island has a place like this.”
“A great place to romp and roll.”
“I was an abused res­cue dog who has been adopt­ed by a won­der­ful lady on the island.  She takes me to the park every day, and I’ve changed from a dog who was timid and scared into one who is fun-lov­ing, con­fi­dent, and playful.”
“We love it here, and so do our human companions!”

Com­ment from Lori Stokes, co-chair of the dog park steer­ing committee:

“If you have a dog, I hope you have tak­en your dog over to the park.  If you don’t have a dog, I hope you have at least dri­ven into the park to take a look and to enjoy watch­ing all the hap­py dogs run­ning, jump­ing, chas­ing balls, play­ing with each oth­er, or just sniff­ing all the yum­my dog­gy smells.  If you haven’t yet dropped by, I hope you will do so soon…you’re miss­ing a very spe­cial place on our very spe­cial island!”

Eddie & Friends Dog Park is locat­ed on Mullis Street, between Browne’s Home Cen­ter and the fire sta­tion.  It is open dai­ly from 7 a.m. until dusk.

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