by Carl Doucette
Mark your calendar! The Ferguson Forest Dog Park will hold its grand opening on September 17, from 11 am to 4 pm. It will a fun filled event for dogs and their owners. The theme for the opening is Canada’s 150th birthday, so wear your red and white. Dog costumes are strongly encouraged. Here is how the day will unfold:
11 a.m. Parade from the parking lot at the northeast corner of the park to the park’s main gate, led by the Kemptville Legion Pipes and Drums. Dogs must be on leash. If your dog is fearful of the pipes and drums, move to the back of parade, or wait until the music ends. There will be a prize for the best dog and dog/owner costumes.
Speeches (a necessary evil). Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
11:30 a.m. Park opens. Fund Raising Barbeque (Sausages, Cheeseburgers/Hamburgers/Veggie burgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, soft drinks). The barbeque will be set up outside the park. Food and drinks will not be allowed in the park. Smoking is prohibited in the park.
Face painting – Sponsor’s Booths.
12:30 p.m. Entertainment by “Steve Cater and Unbuckled” and “Landon Bedor, Musician/Songwriter”.
1:00 p.m. Cake Cutting (cake will be served in conjunction with the barbeque).
12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Various dog demonstrations including Paws4Fun Agility/Outback Agility Fun Match, Airborne Disc Dog Club of Ottawa, Competitive K9s – Sport Detection and T.A.G. Freestyle will take place in a fenced area in the Southwest corner of the park.
For those dog owners taking part in the parade, please be at the parking lot no later than 10:45 a.m.
Directional signs will be posted at the entrance to Ferguson Forest off highways 43 and 44 and on the roads leading to the park. Parking will be permitted only at the parking lot at the northeast corner of the dog park. Additional parking will be available north of the dog park. To permit vehicle control, we ask that you take Honour Way to the parking lot as Anniversary Way north of Veteran’s Way will be open only to local traffic. Water will be provided for your dog and dog waste stations will be on site. Please ensure all dog waste is bagged and placed in appropriate containers.
The construction of this off-leash dog park was a momentous undertaking and this grand opening is a big day for all the dog owners and dog lovers in the Municipality of North Grenville and surrounding area. We expect a large turnout. See you there.