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Dog park attention increases

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At thebase ofa new water fountain, dogs can have a drink with thehelp of their owners. A dog owner must push a button for water to come out of the fountainand into a bowl where the dog can drink.
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Anew fountain at Roberts Bark Park provides drinks for dogs and humans. It isjust outside the dog park’s gates.

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com

Roberts Bark Park, the dog park in Roberts Park, has been receiving an increasing amount of attention since it opened in July.

“We’re getting a lot of questions about it, and more and more people are coming in to register,” said Jessica Faw, Connersville Parks and Recreation department director. “I think word is getting out about it.”

“We’re sitting right around 30 to 35 dogs registered,” Faw said. “During the day we have around five to 10 dogs, but there’s not as much activity during the evening.”

A recent addition is a drinking fountain outside of the gates. The fountain is accessible to both dogs and humans, with a traditional fountain for humans at the top and a fountain at the bottom for dogs.

According to Faw, a sign should be up at the dog park with the name “Roberts Bark Park” within two weeks. The sign will also have the name of the dog park’s sponsor, Connersville Veterinary Clinic.

Rules for the dog park are posted on a sign at the park’s location. Most of the rules are for dog safety and health.

People can register to use the dog park by visiting the park office in the John H. Miller Community Center in Roberts Park, 2900 Park Road.