DULUTH -- Thursday afternoon commemorated a new addition for the City of Duluth: the ground breaking for a dog park aptly named Chattapoochee in Rogers Bridge Park. Residents, elected officials and other city workers came out to celebrate the latest phase of development.
"We're really excited," Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris said. "When we did out survey several years ago about what people wanted in the park, this was the number one thing. They wanted a dog park."
The three-acre park will run along the Chattahoochee River and include two separate areas. One acre will be reserved for smaller pups with an interactive fountain. The other two acres will be for medium and large pooches plus another interactive fountain, green space, areas for dog owners to rest and dog agility equipment.
"It's going to be attractive, too," Harris said. "We're going to have some art flare."
Local residents and dog owners are equally excited as the mayor. Many of them travel to other parks and cities to enjoy the luxury of letting their canines run leash-free for an hour or two.
"We'd like to take our dog to the new park as often as the weather permits," said Carol Ann Scott of Duluth. "This is one of our favorite parks and this way we don't have to drive all the way to Pinckneyville (Park of Norcross)."
Her son, Jordan, 8, added, "I think the new park is pretty great. I'm excited to bring my dog here."
The city of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department has funded the money by SPLOST to plan, development and construct the Chattapoochee Dog Park.