LARGO — In a spot tucked behind a small strip mall on Seminole Boulevard, a half-acre dog park called Dog Bone Run officially opened its gates Monday.
Dogs of all sizes showed up to check out the new facility, which the city created for less than $20,000 next to a large pond and community center. The park’s amenities include a fire hydrant-shaped water fountain, a large bench shaped like a dog bone that also serves as the park’s sign and a stand of palm trees at the park’s far end that provides extensive shade for dogs and people.
A few dozen people and their dogs mingled over cupcakes and dog treats. Every few minutes, a handful of dogs took off running to the opposite end of the fenced-in stretch of grass. Others rested in the shade of a tree.
Parks department officials hope to install agility equipment for the more athletic dogs and are looking for sponsors to finance such a project.
It’s Largo’s second dog park, and Parks Superintendent Greg Brown said it was installed in response to residents’ requests.
“People wanted a dog park on the east side of the city,” he said. “They asked for one in Central Park, and this is across the street.”
While some in attendance at Monday’s opening celebration live within walking distance of the new facility, others drove from other parts of the county to check it out.
Feather Sound resident Terry Blazej decided to pay a visit. For her and Mocha, her 6-month-old brown-and-white border collie, it was a departure from their usual routine.
“We go to the one at (U.S.) 19 and 49th Street,” she said. “There’s a group of us that meets around three o’clock in the afternoon.”
She said she hopes the agility equipment is installed soon, as border collies are known for their athletic abilities.
Dog Bone Run is located within Bayhead Action Park at 375 Seminole Blvd., behind the Dublin Pub.
Brown said the park is open from sunrise to sunset every day and, because of the relatively short fence that surrounds it, he recommends people bring smaller dogs or well-behaved larger ones.
For information, call the parks department at (727) 586-7415.