Parks are meant to be places where the whole family can play, relax and enjoy being outdoors. Since many people have at least one member of the family who is of the furry, four-legged variety, the new Swift Cantrell Dog Park is just what the city of Kennesaw needed.
“It’s different from other dog parks because you can have your dog there playing and watch your kids playing at the playground at the same time,” says Jennifer Moody, president of the Swift-Cantrell Dog Park Association (SCDPA). “Before the dog park was created, the park was flooded with people with nowhere to take their dogs off-leash. Now, there’s a safe way to incorporate dogs into family activity.”
The dog park, part of the larger Swift Cantrell Park at 3140 Old Highway 41 in Kennesaw (just west of Kennesaw Elementary School), opened in the spring and is a 1.4-acre off-leash area surrounded by a 6-foot-high fence, two run areas (for large and small dogs), a watering station, a dog wash area and disposable plastic waste bags and receptacle stations. It’s open daily from sunrise to sunset.
One feature of Swift Cantrell Park that complements the dog park nicely is the Fisher King Iditarod Lead Dog Memorial Trail, named for the lead dog of Georgia’s only Iditarod finisher, Bill Borden of Kennesaw. Many families enjoy getting their exercise as they walk the trail with their leashed dogs.
The dog park was started and is maintained with donations from area businesses and the community, with minimal cost to the city. Moody says the dog park association hopes to be able to enhance the park in the future with features like arbors for shade and misting stations to keep the dogs cool and happy.
The association plans to make the dog park a great place for Cobb County residents and their furry family members to have fun and learn with an education program covering a variety of topics including the importance of spay/neuter in reducing the area’s severe pet overpopulation problem, dog-bite prevention, pet safety and care, the importance of vaccinating pets, and training tips and guidance from the experts.
Several fundraising initiatives are planned to generate the money needed for the upkeep and ongoing improvement of the dog park. Victoria Stillwell, host of the international smash-hit TV show It’s Me or the Dog on Animal Planet, has offered to be the guest of honor at the association’s fundraising event, planned for Dec. 4 (location still to be determined).
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For more information and dog park rules, visit http://www.kennesaw-ga.gov/index.aspx?nid=460. A new website dedicated to the Swift-Cantrell Dog Park and its news events will launch soon.