A formal dedication and ribbon cutting will be held for the new Montrose Dog Park (adjacent to Cerise Park at 400 Shane’s Way) on Saturday, July 22, at 8 a.m. After remarks from Mayor and Parks Advisory Committee Chair Judy Ann Files and an official ribbon cutting by the Chamber of Commerce, the mayor will officially, “Release the hounds!” for a morning of furry festivities and fun.
The new 4.25 acre, fenced Montrose Dog Park is the result of input from a variety of sources. "We gathered information and ideas from the public for a new dog park at last year’s FUNC Fest,” said Parks and Special Projects Superintendent John Malloy. The City of Montrose Park Advisory Committee used the feedback to create a vision for the park, which includes a designated small dog area.
“The overall park has a mix of wildland and turf areas for people to recreate and exercise their dogs,” explained Malloy. “It’s about one-third of an acre of turf, and the rest is native wildland. We mixed in soft-surface trails that meander for about a quarter mile through the forested area.” At the dog park’s south entrance off of the Cerise Park parking area, there is a water fountain for people and pets. “We’ve also installed two benches, four trash cans, four dog bag dispensers, and two picnic tables.” The park is open from sunrise to sunset. All pets must be on-leash until within the off-leash dog area. “Dogs may run off-leash, under voice control, within the confines of the fenced area,” said Malloy. Complete rules are posted at the park and on the city’s website at CityofMontrose.org/DogPark.
Chow Down Pet Supplies has coordinated a wide variety of doggie-centric activities, giveaways, and goings-on for the grand opening. “We’ll hold a pet food drive for the Montrose Animal Shelter, have a ‘Smooch Your Pooch’ kissing booth for photo opportunities, provide the fixings for a doggie ice cream social, offer giveaways, and a lot more,” said Krista Bush of Chow Down Pet Supplies. Bush and her husband, Tim, own the company. “They provide a tremendous amount of their time and in-kind donations to support local animal causes and animal-related agencies and activities in Montrose,” said Files, who serves as the committee liaison to City Council. “Krista and Tim are great community partners.”
The grand opening will run until 10 a.m., the same time that the Colorado FUNC Fest will kick off in Riverbottom Park. “We want to tie in a water theme at the grand opening to help get people in the mood for the FUNC Fest, so we’ll have kiddie-sized wading pools for dogs to splash in,” explained Bush. As the grand opening wraps up at the new dog park, everyone will be encouraged to take a walk down to the FUNC Fest to the Dog Welcome Party, which Chow Down is also hosting. “It’ll be a fun-filled day for everyone – including our dogs.”
After the official opening of the new dog park, the old 1.4 acre dog park, located north of the duck pond in Riverbottom Park, will be dismantled.
For more information about the new dog park grand opening – including details and requirements about the pet food drive -- call Chow Down Pet Supplies at 970.249.5052.
For more information about the new dog park and all parks in the City of Montrose, visit CityofMontrose.org/Parks.