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Dog Park Grand Opening Saturday

Festivities start at 10 a.m. with ribbon-cutting and naming of Duluth's Top Dog, who will serve as mayor of Chattapoochee Dog Park.

Dogs and their owners are invited to join the Duluth Parks and Recreation Department in celebrating the grand opening of Chattapoochee Dog Park Saturday, April 28.

The day will be filled with activities starting at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and naming of Duluth’s Top Dog, who will serve as mayor of the park.

Mayor Nancy Harris will announce the mayor selected from 30 candidates entered in the contest.

There also will be vendors featuring dog services and products and a free Kids Zone. Activities will continue through 3 p.m. The Duluth Historical Society is co-sponsoring the grand opening.

Chattapoochee Dog Park is located in Rogers Bridge Park near the Chattahoochee River. The park's name was chosen in a citizen contest sponsored by the department.

The three-acre dog park includes a one-acre area for small dogs, a two-acre area for large dogs 30 pounds and over, interactive fountains, dog agility equipment, and benches. The separate areas are fenced so dogs can exercise off their leashes.

The city’s first dog park was constructed with SPLOST funds. The park opened for public use in January, but was closed Feb. 27 for sod repair and installation of benches and dog agility equipment. It reopened April 1.

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