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Happy Hollow Dog Park now open to the public

Dog owners in West Lafayette now have their very own place to let their dogs run free. Happy Hollow Dog Park is officially open for pups to enjoy.

Posted: May 13, 2021 7:28 AM
Updated: May 13, 2021 3:25 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Happy Hollow Park is bringing your pup a new place to play. The city of West Lafayette has officially opened its dog park located near the Happy Hollow Park entrance. 

City leaders hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony early Wednesday morning. The new park was part of the city's 5-year master plan.
It was supposed to open in November of 2020 but the project was pushed back due to unexpected issues. However, park leaders say it's worth the wait.

The dog park includes natural landscaping and equipment designed to give dogs a chance to explore and learn. Park Superintendent Kathy Lozano and Mayor John Dennis are happy they've finally been able to meet this community demand.

"We looked and looked for a spot and this turned out to be the one and we put a fence up and instantly people were drawn to it so we know it's going to be very popular and well loved," said Lozano.

"When you look at dog parks around the country these are the kinds of things that dogs actually are attracted to, it really creates a positive environment for our four-legged family members," said Dennis.

Dog park goers Katherine Bolek and Brady Walter join several dog owners who have been excitingly waiting for the park's grand opening.

"We pass here almost every day, so, we've just been anticipating it opening up. So it's really exciting to see all the dogs back here again," said Bolek.

"It's his favorite thing when we drive down this way," said Walter. "When he's in the car, he starts squeaking and he just gets super excited. I know he was waiting for it even more than we were."

The park is free to anyone in the area and will be open from dawn to dusk. City leaders ask that you follow the rules posted at the front gate.

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