New Public Dog Park at Ft. Harrison
The first dog park in an Indiana state park was dedicated recently in honor of DNR Law Enforcement K-9 teams who serve and protect Indiana’s citizens and natural resources.
The dog park at Ft. Benjamin Harrison opened Labor Day weekend with a grassy 1.3 acre play area called Herrin Hill. The recent dedication ceremony added an additional 3.5 acre play area called Platoon Run with a mix of grass and trees. A third area, Brigade Landing, is expected to open in 2014 with an additional 5 acres of woods and water for exploration.
“We had this piece of property without access to the main park entrance, ” commented Doug Wickersham, property manager, “so we decided to turn it into a dog park, which has definitely met our expectations so far.”
It is unlikely that DNR will develop dog parks at other state parks, but the urban nature of Ft. Harrison and the isolation of this piece of land from the rest of the park make it an ideal location.
Ft. Harrison State Park Dog Park is in a gated area accessible only by driving to 8725 Fall Creek Road. To use the dog park, dog owners must purchase an annual pass and collar tag from the park office. Tags cost $75 per dog, but for the remainder of 2013, they will be prorated at just $30 per dog. About 200 tags have already been issued.
By Kathi Moore