In case you haven’t heard yet, August 26 is officially National Dog Day across the United States!
Duluthians are celebrating more than ever across town, especially on the East end.
Altogether, it’s a plan nearly ten years in the making. A reality come true, thanks to the generous support of the community and dozens of volunteers.
Pups and their parents took a short trip out of town, for the East End Dog Park grand opening ceremony on Friday.
A ceremony, fit for any pup, kicked off with opening remarks from Mayor Emily Larson, Officials from the Duluth Parks Commission, and volunteer Denette Lynch.
The newest addition to the dog park family, quickly bringing community members together.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said, "It doesn't matter where you live, it doesn't matter what your zip code is, what your income is, these parks are places for you and they are places for everybody and today they are places for our four footed, sweet friends all across the city."
Nearly 50 pups busted through a paper chain with names of all 41 volunteers on each link.
Overall, 1386 hours of work was volunteered. A third of a mile of fencing, and 1676 wire ties later, this new location is quickly leashing the community together.
"It's big and everyone is super friendly, all the dogs are super nice, every time we have been here they have made friends and everyone just enjoys bringing their dogs here,” dog park visitor Zachary McCleary said.
Volunteers put on a few fundraisers over the past few years to cover additional costs of materials.
T-shirts are being sold for $15 dollars, with all proceeds going toward the East End Dog Park.
The Park is located at 3567 Riley Road, just past the Jean Duluth Soccer Fields.
It’s now the largest dog park in town, nearly ten times the size of Keene Creek Dog Park.