Every dog has its day, and soon dogs in Columbia will have their own place to play. That’s because Columbia Association (CA) will be opening the community’s first dog park, providing a great space for dogs to play or relax — and for their people to join them.
Columbia DogPark will be located on 2.7 acres off of Rivendell Lane, adjacent to the Columbia SportsPark in the village of Harper’s Choice. The CA Board of Directors has approved $135,000 in funding for the DogPark. Howard County’s Department of Planning and Zoning approved the site plan for the park in July. The Harper’s Choice Village Board has also expressed its support for the project.
This will be only the second dog park in a county that has plenty of dog lovers, a community that has made CA’s Dog Day Afternoon a popular annual event. The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks operates the Worthington Dog Park on Hillsborough Road in Ellicott City, and it is also planning on opening a dog park in Blandair Park in east Columbia.
“Dog parks are really taking off across the country,” said Jane Dembner, CA’s director of community building and sustainability. “We are always interested in serving our community in different and better ways. We have so many people who love to walk with their dogs and have their dogs play, and now this will be a really nice recreation and park setting for them to do that.”
Construction is underway. Most of the features were expected to be complete by late September, weather permitting, and then the grounds and grass are being given time to cure. Columbia DogPark is expected to open in late fall.
The DogPark will be open from sunup to sundown, seven days a week, and will have a nominal registration fee for yearly packages as well as an option for one-day entry, according to Sean Harbaugh, assistant director of CA’s Open Space Management Division, which will operate the park.
For more information, please contact CA’s Open Space Management Division at 410-312-6330.