Bark Park: Experiencing Setbacks, Expected to Open by October


By Heather VacLav

After being in construction and unfinished for more than a year, the first dog park of its kind is being built in Montgomery at Blount Cultural Park.

From Vaughn Road, all drivers can see is a sign posted promising a park for man's best friend, but not announcing when dogs and their owners can enjoy it.

"We get calls nearly every week, when is it going to be done, how can we help, we can not wait, our dogs are so happy," said Lee Turbert, the Marketing and Developing Manager at the Montgomery Humane Society.

Bark Park was supposed to be finished this past spring, but the Turbert says the Montgomery Humane Society has experienced a major setbacks.

The dog park will cost about $250,000, but the humane society has raised about $75,000-100,000, less than half of the funds needed.

"And the weather unfortunately has really put us behind," Turbert said. "The city is doing all the building and maintenance for us, and with all the rain, and now hurricane season, it's very hard to work into this clay as everyone realizes."

However, after Bark Park crosses the hurdles of funding, Turbert says it will be a top notch doggie destination.

"It's just not going to be a fenced in area where you let your dogs run off, there's going to be an area for large dogs and an area for small dogs," Turbert said.

The first phase of Bark Park will also include gazebos and walking paths with a large brick entrance. Turbert says phase one is expected to be open by the end of October.

Next week the Montgomery Humane Society says the city of Montgomery will start paving and finishing up electrical work.

Bark Park is still in need of donations and sponsor spaces are available, to donate visit:

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Austin said on Friday, Nov 23 at 6:59 AM

Cant wait for it to open!! Bahh humbug to all the naysayers!! This will be a good thing for the city and all its canine companions.

Andy said on Tuesday, Oct 16 at 2:45 PM

Not 100% sure, but it looks like some of our tax dollars are helping to fund this effort. And I like dogs, but not pleased about this use of my tax dollars.

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