Photos Andy Calvert
Tails are wagging at the new addition of Hamilton Crossing Park. The widely anticipated dog park opened with much to-do on July 11th. Commissioner Steve Taylor; Brian Canty, Etowah Valley Humane Society Director; and Animal Control Director, Tommy Gentry, joined the staff of the Parks and Recreations Department for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Since its opening, the park has been the premiere place to take your pups. “It’s been very popular. We had a really big turnout for the opening. Dawn to dusk we have individuals bringing their pets to the park,” says Greg Hight, Director of Parks and Recreation at Bartow County.
“This is something the community has wanted for years. We have seen similar projects in neighboring counties. We had a couple hurdles to overcome, like finding the right space for the expansion project. We needed the right space and lots of it. We brought in dirt and sod as well as additional fencing to ensure dogs will remain safe from traffic while off leash. There is ample shade with lots of thought put into the design; we have separate spaces for small and large breeds, plenty of accessible water, as well as shaded sitting for pet owners,” Hight explains. “The community has been really great, very helpful in keeping it clean. We are all so appreciative,” he adds.
Meet some of the furry who’s who of Cartersville!
Dog owner, Chasity Maney, is a first–time visitor of the dog park, “Love it. Absolutely love it. This is so nice to have because my mastiff, Pearl, doesn’t get much interaction. Now we have a shady place to go, that gives her a chance to socialize with other dogs.” Fellow park visitor Kelly Johnson chimes in, “The trees and shade make it a perfect spot. We have been waiting for a place to bring the dogs since 1996. We never had anywhere to go, someplace to take the dogs and let them explore off the leash.”
Lots of thought went into the design and location of the area, so be sure to bring your fur baby out for some fun. Brian Canty of Etowah Valley Humane Society reminds everyone to keep your dogs up to date on their vaccinations to ensure the health of your dogs and others while enjoying the new green space.