Approximately seven acres of land, with access off of Cedar Street in Scottsburg, will soon be the home of the Scottsburg dog park. The majority of that land was donated to the city of Scottsburg several years ago by Eric Graham and his wife, Diane, and their daughter Lauren Graham. Mayor William Graham has announced that the park will be named in honor of Eric and Lauren, who are sadly missed by the community, as the Eric and Lauren Graham Memorial Dog Park.
According to Scottsburg parks director Jerry Asher, construction of the park is complete and the parks grand opening is this week. He stated that the dog park will consist of two fenced dog runs, one for large dogs that are 25 pounds and over and one for smaller dogs. A shelter house will include two metal picnic tables and restrooms for both men and women. Benches will also be placed outside of each fenced dog run. Drinking water will be available for both the dogs and their owners. There will also be dog wash stations and stations for waste and litter disposal.
Rules and regulations have been adopted by the Scottsburg Parks Board which can be viewed here . The park will be open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. It is anticipated that dog owners will pay a 1st year fee for use of the park of $25 with subsequent years having a $15 annual registration fee.
Registration for use of the park is available at Scottsburg City Hall and proof of rabies vaccinations will be required at time of registration. In addition to dog owners providing proof of proper dog vaccinations at time of registration, the dog owners at registration will receive a key fob to operate the gates for entrance into the dog runs.
Mayor Graham stated that the land in the area of the park owned by the city consists of about 11 acres in total, and ideas are being consider for that part of the land that will not be used by the dog park. Presently that land is a wooded area. Both Mayor Graham and Parks Director Asher stated they are anxious to add the dog park to the City’s park system and believe that dog owners and visitors to the park will be very pleased with the amenities available to both dogs and persons using the park. Signage with directions to the park will soon be erected near the park.
The grand opening event has been set for October 22, 2019 from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served.