Abington Dog Park to celebrate 3rd year Sunday

The Abington Dog Park is turning 3 and will host a family friendly celebration on Sunday.

“It’s been a pretty good success,” said Sue McHugh, one of the park’s founders.

The festivities are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dog Park, which is located next to the Senior Center on Plymouth Street. The event will feature raffles, a merch table, and an assortment of vendors, including Diane’s Lemonade, JB’s Indoor Dog Park ice cream truck, Burning Stitches custom gifts, Wags and Wigglebutts dog gear, Best Buds CBD dog treats, Waggin’ Wheels Mobile Grooming, Chewcuterie’s Dog Treats, and Zoeby’s Custom Creations.

Harlow, the Abington Police Department’s comfort dog, will be in attendance from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Friends of Abington Dog Park will also be running its annual calendar contest. This year’s categories are Snow Play, Valentine’s Day, and Patriotic Pups.  

The park opened in August 2019 after a couple of years of fundraising and planning. A $172,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation paid for the park’s construction.

McHugh said the park, which is seperated into spaces for big and little dogs, has helped foster a local community of dog owners.

“For some people it’s become a huge part of their lives,” she said.

Although there may be occasional incidents involving aggressive dogs or distracted owners, McHugh said only once was there somethign that required the police getting involved.

“Most people get along very well,” she said.

The dog park received followup funding from the Stanton Foundation to make upgrades. Three shade structures are now up to protect pups on sunny days, and a water station has been installed on the small dog side.

“It’s in pretty good shape,” McHugh said.

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