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Local company to build dog park downtown

Rotary Dog Park to open downtown thanks to a partnership between River Region Rotary Clubs and the City of Montgomery

Post Date:05/15/2017 8:56 AM

MONTGOMERY – Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange announced a new dog park will open downtown within the next few months thanks to a partnership between the City of Montgomery and local Rotarians.

“The Rotary Dog Park will be another welcome addition to our community, and we could not have done this without the members of the Rotary Clubs and Pet and Playground Products,” Mayor Strange said. “We hope to continue providing infrastructure needed to propel downtown’s growth – especially for residential development, while enhancing our residents’ quality of life. We are even more excited to work on this project with a locally owned business that has a national footprint.”Rotary Dog Park with Mayor Strange

The proposed dog park will be developed by Pet and Playground Products at Rotary Park, an existing greenspace adjacent to Montgomery City Hall parking deck. City development officials selected the area due to its central location, size, treescape and underutilization, among other factors. It will be a small scale urban dog park intended to fit within the existing grassy area on the eastern edge of the park and preserve all of the mature flowering trees. It will not only enhance livability downtown for existing residents, but it will serve to entice future residents who may now more easily envision themselves moving downtown with their pets. 

“These four clubs and their combined membership of about 220 individuals chose to partner with the City of Montgomery and convert a section of this park into a dog park, and I say ‘chose’ because that's what Rotarians do: we choose service over self,” Rotary President Jimmy Hill said. “The humanitarian work of Rotary, the work Rotary does to improve the lives of others, while it extends throughout the world, for us, it begins here at home. This place is going to the dogs, and that’s a really good thing."

The first phase of development comprises a basic park with fencing, benches and other amenities that will allow for the installation of skills and agility training equipment in the second and third phases. Large and small dogs will be separated.

Pet and Playground Products, a national company based in the River Region and owned by Cloverdale resident Robert Price, will provide and install all fencing, equipment and agility amenities. The Eclectic, Alabama-based company has grown to serve not only the River Region but all of the United States by offering many turnkey outdoor solutions such as dog parks, playgrounds, outdoor music gardens and outdoor fitness solutions.

"We are incredibly appreciative for the opportunity to partner with the City and the local Rotary Clubs and to contribute to the ongoing revitalization of downtown.  As a local, I’m thrilled to see this beautiful greenspace converted into a community center that will only enhance the quality of life for residents and guests while also promoting socialization within the City.  The value that The Rotary Dog Park brings the downtown community truly can’t be understated.” 

Construction should last only a few weeks, and city officials plan to officially open the park by July. 

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