The dog park at Swanson Centennial Park, which had a soft opening this summer, will have a grand opening with a ribbon-cutting this morning.
Festivities will begin at 9 with a roughly half-mile dog parade starting at the nearby Pet Extreme store on Countryside Drive and ending at Swanson Centennial Dog Park, 2101 Pinto Way. The ribbon-cutting will be at 10 a.m.
The dog park already “has been extremely popular, especially in the evenings, with anywhere from 15 to 30 people and their dogs using it,” said Erik Schulze, superintendent for parks and recreation for Turlock.
This is the city’s second dog park, with the first at Sunnyview Park in the southeast part of town. Unlike Sunnyview, which has separate play areas for large and small dogs, Swanson-Centennial Dog Park is one-size-fits-all. The fenced park has shade trees and a drinking fountain for the animals.
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The Swanson family, owner of the Pet Extreme on Countryside, donated $35,000 to cover most of the cost of the dog park that bears its name.