Mayor Camille Hernandez took part in the ceremony, which was attended by 35 residents and 12 dogs. “I think this is a wonderful addition to Dade City,” Hernandez said. “There’s a lot of hard work and effort that has gone into making this park happen. It’s been a great partnership not only with the city and the youth council but also several sponsors. … It’s really been a big community effort. We’re hoping that in the future we might even add another one in another part of our community.”
Named My Dog’s Diggin’! Dade City Dog Park, the project has been in the works for about three years, said Lucy Avila, one of the residents who helped head the effort. The park is a fenced-off section of Price Park.
“There are so many homeowners who have dogs, and they want a place to be able to let them loose and have fun, so that’s why we created this area,” Avila said. “Finally it came to light. The other great thing we were hoping to do through donations and contributions is to have some … dog obstacles.”
Tiffany Williamson of the Dade City Animal Clinic is putting together some canine agility obstacles as efforts are made to raise money for more, Avila said.
The park was made possible by money raised through the annual Dogs Day of Dade City, which has a parade, costume contest, talent show and other activities involving dogs. Window decals supporting the effort are available for $2 at Dog Mania, Dade City Animals Clinic, the Quilt Shop and the Tea Room.
The Dog Days event has also helped place dog stations throughout the city and on Hardy Trail.