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Flaherty park to reopen after renovations

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WAKE FOREST — Flaherty Dog Park, 1100 N. White St., closed for renovations Monday and is expected to reopen Saturday.

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.

Flaherty Dog Park is open free to the public daily from dawn until dusk. Before visiting the park, area dog owners are encouraged to review the “Dog Park Rules of Conduct” online at