Bryant Dog Park to open with cer­e­mony Mon­day

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­

Af­ter be­ing in the works for years, the Bryant Bark Park will of­fi­cially open to the pub­lic Mon­day. Dogs in Bryant are in­vited to bring their hu­man com­pan­ions to a leash cut­ting and grand open­ing cer­e­mony be­gin­ning at 5:30 p.m. at the park which is lo­cated in Al­coa 40 Park at 1110 Shobe Road.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, there will be a “wheel of prizes.” Ev­ery­one in at­ten­dance will also be en­tered for a draw­ing to win a Kona large dog bed. No pur­chase is re­quired to en­ter but the win­ner must be present to win, said Bryant An­i­mal Con­trol Di­rec­tor Tri­cia Power.

In May, the Bryant City Coun­cil ap­proved fund­ing for the con­struc­tion of a dog park, as well as im­prove­ments to Ash­ley Park.

“It’s amaz­ing to watch it come to­gether af­ter you work for so long,” she said.

She cred­its vol­un­teers with the Dog Park Com­mit­tee and the Bryant Parks De­part­ment for the project’s suc­cess.

The new park will fea­ture sep­a­rate ar­eas for

both large and small dogs, as well as a dou­ble gate at the en­trance. In both ar­eas there will be two sur­faces to ac­com­mo­date dif­fer­ent dogs and their in­ter­ests.

The park will in­clude benches, pic­nic ta­bles, wa­ter foun­tains and clean up sta­tions do­nated by Arkansas Vet­eri­nary Emer­gency and Spe­cial­ists in Lit­tle Rock.

There are plans to host fundrais­ers to add ameni­ties at the parks to im­prove it.

More in­for­ma­tion about the project, as well as tips for vis­it­ing a dog park, are avail­able at the Bryant Bark Park Project Face­book page.

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