Columbia's first dog park will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, May 24, but those who plan to use it can register for year-long use now.
Local residents have been asking for a dog park for years. The Columbia Association designated 2.7 acres at 5901 Rivendell Lane in the village of Harper's Choice for canine use, and all dog breeds will be welcome. May 24 is a free day; there is no charge to visit the park between 10 a.m. and noon.
After that, Columbia Association residents will pay $35 and non-residents will pay $40 for an annual pass to the park in the form of a dog tag that covers up to three dogs. One-day passes will be available for $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents.
Pre-registration is already available at the association's Open Space Management Division, 9450 Gerwig Lane, Columbia. Dog owners need to fill out an application and liability form and provide copies of current dog licenses and rabies vaccine certifications. There will be a maximum of two dogs allowed at any one time for each handler in the off-leash areas. Registration will also be available at the grand opening May 24.
DogPark will feature an area for large dogs (more than 25 pounds) and another for smaller pups.