The dog park located at Jacobson Park will be closed temporarily starting the week of Jan. 27, as work begins on upgrading and expanding Lexington’s oldest dog park.
The current site is a single, 3-acre chain-link enclosure with a water hydrant. The redesign will increase the size to almost 8 acres, divide it into two paddocks and will upgrade the fencing to the style found in other city dog parks. Additional seating for dog owners will be added along with a new walkway and an expanded parking area.The project is scheduled to be completed by the first of April.
Patrons are encouraged to use Lexington’s other dog parks located at Coldstream, Masterson and Wellington parks during this re-design.
For more information on dog parks in Lexington, visit friendsofthedogpark.org or call Parks & Recreation at 288-2900.
Dog Park Rules
All dog parks are fenced, double-gated, and supplied with dog-waste bag dispensers. All have clearly posted rules that require owners or handlers to supervise their dogs at all times and to pick up all dog waste, dogs without current tags and shots, or dogs in heat, will be prohibited.
Friends of the Dog Park Say….
• Dog parks allow dogs to exercise and socialize safely.
• Puppies and adult dogs need enclosed areas to run where they do not endanger themselves or others. Well socialized dogs react well to new situations and people. Dog owners need a place to exercise with their pets, just like baseball, soccer, golf, and tennis enthusiasts need specialized facilities.
Dog parks promote responsible dog ownership.
• Separate off-leash areas are a great way to help everyone visiting the park by ensuring unleashed dogs do not infringe on the rights of other park users. Dog Parks also provide a tool for realistic enforcement of leash laws. With off-leash areas available, there is no excuse for letting dogs run off-leash in public areas.
• Dog parks provide an outlet for dog owners to socialize.
• These gathering areas promote a sense of community. Owners exchange information on pet training and health, as well as community events. Users make new friends they would not have met otherwise, and develop a sense of shared responsibility for the parks.
• Dog parks improve the community and promote public health and safety.
• Well-exercised dogs are less likely to engage in nuisance behaviors such as constant barking. Those in frequent contact with other dogs and humans are calmer and tend to have better social manners.
• Dog Parks are also ideal places to conduct dog obedience and puppy socialization classes.