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Flaherty Dog Park to remain closed for renovations

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WAKE FOREST — Flaherty Dog Park, 1100 N. White St., will remain closed for the foreseeable future as crews work to complete a series of renovations in time for a reopening in early spring.

The dog park has been closed since Jan. 6 while town crews prepare the site for the start of work later this month by Blueprint Construction.

Although original plans called for reopening the park Jan. 11, officials have decided to keep the park closed so crews can continue their efforts and remain on schedule.

Signage announcing the temporary closure will remain posted at the park’s entrance.

While Flaherty Dog Park is closed, local dog owners have two other nearby dog park options: \ Buffaloe Road Dog Park, 5908 Buffaloe Road, Raleigh, and Millbrook Dog Park, 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.

Later this month, crews from Blueprint Construction will begin a major renovation project at Flaherty Dog Park. Park renovations will include the following:

• New fencing and self-closing gates.

• Fully accessible main entrance with large concrete area and separate entrance and exit gates.

• Secondary entrance/exit.

• Fully accessible shade structure.

• Fully accessible water fountain and pet fountain with jug/bowl filler.

• New configuration to include new tree shade areas.

• Grading to ensure smooth surface and positive water drainage.

• Hardwood chip surfacing as needed.

The dog park enhancements are the result of “Picture Flaherty Dog Park,” a summer 2019 Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources initiative that solicited public input concerning improvements at the facility. As part of the effort, area residents were invited to share their thoughts and opinions via an online survey and during two public meetings offered by the town.

The town of Wake Forest opened Flaherty Dog Park in 2007. The 3-acre park currently features a paved entrance and two exercise areas. Each of the fenced areas — one for small dogs and one for larger dogs — includes grass cover, picnic tables, shade trees, waste stations and a water fountain for both dogs and people. The fenced areas are accessible through a double-gated entry system designed to allow dog owners the opportunity to remove or fasten dog leashes prior to entering or exiting the facility.

For more information about Flaherty Dog Park and the ongoing renovations, visit http://bit.ly/FlahertyDogPark or contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or jglover@wakeforestnc.gov.

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