CHARLESTOWN, Ind – The City of Charlestown will hold a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for its new dog park tomorrrow, August 30th at 6:00 pm. The new park is located on Spring Street, just west of Greenway Park, across from the basketball courts.
The public is invited to attend as the park is dedicated in honor of Charlestown Veterinarian Dr. Clark Werner. Werner was a native of Charlestown, a graduate of Charlestown High School and Ohio State University, a veteran of the Army, where he served as a Captain, and a beloved veterinarian in Charlestown. He was a former board member of Clark County Memorial Hospital and the Indiana Veterinarian Association, a member of First United Methodist Church in Charlestown, and a 50-year member of Blazing Star Masonic Lodge #226, Charlestown Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.
Dogs attending tomorrow’s ceremony must remain on a leash – the park will be open by September 13th, and there will be a Grand Opening on September 20th. Dogs using the park must be registered with the City in order to ensure vaccinations are up to date. Should dogs visiting tomorrow have all necessary information on hand, they may be permitted access – however dogs will not be allowed to run unleashed at tomorrow’s event. Owners are solely responsible for their pets and enter the dog park at their own risk. A complete waiver and registration form is available online:
Construction has been underway throughout the summer on the $125,000 project. Some work continues, but the park will include fencing and a state-of-the-art electronic security gating system, play and exercise equipment for the dogs, and walking areas throughout and around that are designed to be multi-use green space for both pet owners and the general public.
Pets will be separated into two areas based on size, with canines under 30 lbs. in one section, and larger dogs in another.