Boynton Beach to open gates on city’s first dog park

4:32 p.m Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 Local

Dogs will have a new place to run and play in Boynton Beach starting Saturday.

The city will host the grand opening of the new Boynton Village Park and Dog Park on Renaissance Commons Boulevard just east of Congress Avenue.

While Boynton allows leashed dogs at four city parks — Intracoastal, Jaycee, Dewey and Boynton Lakes — this is the city’s first official dog park.

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The park was built as part of the incoming residential project, Cortina. Construction started in April.

“I am very happy about it,” said Mayor Steven Grant. “Excited. Ecstatic.”

Grant said he plans to bring his 10-year-old Australian Shepherd, Daisy, to the park, and will be there Saturday for the 4 p.m. “Yappy Hour.”

Before, residents with dogs had to travel to either Lake Ida Dog Park in Delray Beach or Canine Cove in Boca Raton.

The dog park is fenced in and is about half an acre. One portion is for large dogs and the other is for those under 35 pounds. The city owns the park, and it will be open from dawn to dusk.

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JKM Developers built it. The development team spent more than $500,000 to create an entry road, a walking path, landscaping and lighting.

“I like to believe the park itself is a place where you could come to forget about the stresses of the world for a while, where on any given day, you may find ‘millennial’ talking with a Boynton Beach Senior, discussing the funny things they love about their dogs,” Jeff Johnson, principal with JKM Developers, said in a statement.

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