Harrisonburg’s New Dog Park!

On a beautiful, clear, September morning a group of people (and their furry friends) gathered for an exciting event – the Grand Opening of Harrisonburg’s very first Dog Park.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

The Happy Dogs Unleashed Dog Park boasts two large fenced areas (one for large, and one for small dogs), waste clean-up stations, benches, picnic tables, a double-gate entry/exit, and plenty of trees for shade.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

After some brief opening remarks, the leash over the gate was cut, and the dogs were let loose to have the time of their lives.

Harrisonburg Dog Park
Source: Happydogs Unleashed Facebook

Here are a few snapshots from the day.

There were big dogs and little dogs…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

….sleek dogs…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…fluffy dogs…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and even dogs that look like a giant stuffed animal.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There were happy greetings and many new friends made.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There was lots of running…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and chasing…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and playing.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There were frisbees…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and a game of keep-away.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There were lots of tennis balls…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

…and even an impromptu game of “tackle ball”.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

With all that playing, periodic water breaks had to be taken.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There were even treats…which brought all play to a standstill.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

And, of course, there were tongues….lots of tongues…

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

But most of all, there were dogs that were ridiculously happy to be able to run free with friends.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

Harrisonburg Dog Park

So, if your canine companion wants some new dog friends and some space to run around, head on over to 1646 Smithland Road between 8am and dark. Check out the Rules and Policies of the Dog Park before you go.

Harrisonburg Dog Park

There is only one way to this dog park…It leads straight to a tail-wagging good time.

 

 

About Emily Marsh

Emily takes impressive photos, interviews interesting locals, and keeps things organized for Harrisonblog. She also works on special marketing projects, transaction management, and event management for The Harrisonburg Homes Team. Emily loves dogs, her friends and family, dancing, and getting outdoors.

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