Grand opening held for new BARK Park
Dog owners were happy about the grand opening celebration for Binghamton's only dog park at Cheri Lindsey Park. After being in the works for several years, it was finally unveiled on Sunday. YNN's Katie Husband has more.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The ribbon has been cut and that means all dogs are welcomed at the Cheri Lindsey BARK Park.
"It's been in the works for several years. I've actually been on the board for about a year and a half. There were several proposed sites and finally the City of Binghamton was able to give us this lot," said Amy Derkowski, president of the BARK Park.
There was a soft opening for the pooch's park back in November but organizers wanted to get the park dog-friendly before making the big announcement.
"Since then we've continued to make improvements and we wanted to get it pretty close to perfect right before we announced the grand opening to the general public,"said Derkowski.
The park isn't only for dogs to come and stretch their legs, owners feel safe bringing their animals here.
"It's a place where we can come, the dogs are safe. They can run around in the fence and play with each other. You don't have to worry about them getting in the road or getting hurt," said Bea Sprague, dog owner.
It's not all fun and games, there are a set of rules for the free-running companions, they must be at least four years of age and have all their shots and vaccinations.
"Your dog needs to be civil for a dog park, meaning not aggressive and not even overly timid because a timid dog can become an aggressive dog quickly," said Derkowski.
With that, your dog should be free to roam and socialize. You can find more information on the dog park on their Facebook page.