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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Monroe County opens new dog park at Ellison Park

  • The applause was mixed with joyful barks as Monroe County, state, and local officials cut the ribbon to a new dog park at Ellison Park on Friday.

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  • The applause was mixed with joyful barks as Monroe County, state, and local officials cut the ribbon to a new dog park at Ellison Park on Friday.
    This is the second dog park in the county to provide a place that off-leash dogs and their owners can enjoy. The area includes four acres of enclosed space that includes a pond, walking loop and a play yard, with separate areas for small and large dogs.
    The county opened its first dog park at Greece Canal Park in 2009 and the county has issued 3,000 annual dog permits since it opened. The first park's success has created a growing demand for similar designated play areas.
    "It's critical for me to provide quality of life for all our residents, and this includes our four-footed ones," said County Executive Maggie Brooks. "It really makes our parks accessible to a whole new wave of people in the community."
    All permit fees go into the county's dog park trust fund, which also receives grant money and donations to pay for new facilities.
    "It took us 10 years, but we did it right," said Parks Director Larry Staub, who was accompanied at the podium by his Maltese, "Gipper." "It's such a great achievement."
    The county plans to open two more at Durand Eastman Park and Powder Mills Park as funds become available.
     
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