Flaherty Dog Park to reopen Friday, ceremony canceled

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 2:34pm

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department will reopen Flaherty Dog Park this Friday, March 20, at 8 a.m. The grand reopening ceremony previously scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. has been canceled due to COVID-19. For a complete listing of COVID-19-related alerts, cancellations and closures, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/covid-19-coronavirus/alerts-closures.

Located at 1100 N. White St., Flaherty Dog Park has been closed since early January while undergoing a major renovation project that includes 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 insure smooth surface and positive water drainage;

  • Hardwood chip surfacing as needed.

The enhancements are the result of “Picture Flaherty Dog Park” – a summer 2019 initiative designed to solicit 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 June 2007. The three-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 the Flaherty Dog Park renovations, visit http://bit.ly/FlahertyDogPark or contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Josh Glover at 919-554-6184 or jglover@wakeforestnc.gov.

 

Flaherty Dog Park