Aiken’s dog park is open to the public though the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and pet fair have been postponed until next year.
Already, dogs and their owners have been taking advantage of the park’s fenced-in terrain and shallow splash pool and about a dozen people have purchased the dog park membership tags, which are required to be worn by all canines when they visit the park.
“The park is officially open,” said Gary Willoughby, executive director of the Aiken SPCA. “The pool is up and running, the City of Aiken has put out the trash cans and benches, but it’s still pretty muddy because it’s been raining so much.”
Inclement weather, including heavy rains and cold temperatures, is what pushed back the grand opening ceremony and pet fair, which was scheduled to happen earlier this month.
The Aiken SPCA Board of Directors is looking at March for the event, when the weather might be more suitable. The pet fair will also be held at the time of the grand opening ceremony.
The Aiken Dog Park is a joint project between City of Aiken and Aiken SPCA. It is located at 199 Willow Run Road, behind the Willow Run Industrial Park.
The park is open seven days a week from sunrise until sundown.
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