The bench beckoned from beyond a field of berries and teasle with a single eloquent word, “Sit”. How often do we use that word…to our dogs, kids, to others, without ever giving ourselves permission to just sit a spell and watch the world go by? With the opening of the West Bend Dog Park on June 26th, we now have such an excuse.
"Male Relief Area"
It’s been two years of lobbying and hands-dirty hard work for Jill, Pam and the rest of the K-9 Friends of West Bend. The off-leash dog park, once a distant dream, is now reality and open for the community to enjoy. We stopped by the afternoon of the opening to catch up on the progress and were thorougly impressed. From the welcoming entrance gates to the wide open fields and forest paths, this park is a gem. Whether you’re in the mood for a patch of sun or a quiet shady spot, numerous park benches offer the perfect accomodations. Many have been donated by local families and businesses and carry etched messages of endearment…and a bit of humor. Waste stations are sprinkled throughout the park, making cleanup an easy task for dog owners.
A good time was had by all
When Fetch ran it’s article on the dog park in the December, 2009 issue, Jill Recore shared her vision of the park-to-come, “a place where dogs anticipate their owners coming home, putting them into their car and driving to their ‘new dog park’ that is their place to enjoy the smells, run, play ball, Frisbee and socialize with many new friends each time they come. Along with their owners, meeting new dog friends and building our city into an incredibly inviting community for many to come, experience and enjoy.” It was an incredible vision back when the park was open farm field and it is even a more incredible reality. Hats off to the entire K-9 Friends of West Bend crew for their fortitude in making this park happen. You done good!
There’s more work to be done as K-9 Friends continues to work on park financing and amassing the crew of volunteers needed to maintain the park. To help with ongoing costs, admission to the park will be sold by subscription at a very reasonable $25, annually, per household. Our heart-shaped tag is on our kitchen key rack, ready to go.
Leave Your Worries Here
For information on park rules, subscription information and volunteer opportunities, visit the K-9 Friends of West Bend website.
From what we could see today at the park, dogs were enjoying their life in the moment. Breeds, big and small were charging across the open spaces, making the most of their opportunity to run free. Let’s all take a lesson from that and leave our human cares at the park entrance, go on in and enjoy the day.