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White Rock goes to the dogs

Ellie Frost, 8, smiles as Princess, a Pomeranian puppy, tries to squirm from her grasp as the pair pose for a photo during the official opening of the off-leash dog area at  White Rock’s Centennial Park Friday afternoon. - Nick Greenizan photo
Ellie Frost, 8, smiles as Princess, a Pomeranian puppy, tries to squirm from her grasp as the pair pose for a photo during the official opening of the off-leash dog area at White Rock’s Centennial Park Friday afternoon.
— image credit: Nick Greenizan photo

White Rock’s mayor had a few choice words to share at Friday’s opening of the city’s first official dog park.

“Woof,” Wayne Baldwin said with a grin, as he welcomed about 10 dogs and their respective owners to the new facility.

Created in Ruth Johnson Park (14600 North Bluff Rd.), between the Mel Edwards building and the playground, the off-leash site was determined through consultation with interested parties, including some who have lobbied the city for such a facility for months.

Amenities of the 37,000-square-foot fenced park include a doggy-bag dispenser and a board where visitors can post messages.

Eva Hompoth, who has been a vocal advocate of such a park, was among guests invited to share in the occasion Friday.

“It’s just wonderful,” she told Peace Arch News of what the city created.

Baldwin predicted the park will be “a big hit.”

“This works really well – the dogs seem to really enjoy it, and hopefully we all will, too.”

The park is estimated to cost the city $20,000-25,000.

– Tracy Holmes & Nick Greenizan

 

 

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