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What You Missed at This Year’s Doggie Dash and 5K

On Sunday, March 10, the Piedmont Park Conservancy hosted its 6th annual Doggie Dash and 5K, and it was a hit! Over 130 people and their pups showed up on a cool Sunday morning for the race. The energy was high, the barking was loud, and the dashers were ready to take off!

With their owners in tow, the dogs turned on the jets and began their Doggie Dash journey. While some of the dogs were ready to take on the whole 5K, others participated in the less intense one-mile dash. Either way, all pups were geared up and ready to go!

Lizzie Colville was the first place winner for the Women’s bracket coming in at 21 minutes and 41 seconds, and Rob Mullet came in first for the men finishing the race in just 16 minutes and 22 seconds! Winners at the various levels received prizes from Spa Sydell, The W Hotel Midtown, City Tap, Park Tavern and Phidippides Running Store.

This event was a great success, raking in over $3,400, all of which goes toward maintaining the Piedmont Park Dog Parks. With over 700,000 dogs visiting the dog parks each year, the Conservancy needs all the help it can get to ensure pooches can enjoy the off-leash dog parks.

Want to stay informed about upcoming dog related events? Click the link and visit our calendar. You won’t want to miss the next one!

https://www.piedmontpark.org/calendar/

Author: Olivia Gage

Featuring New Dog Park Agility Equipment

The Piedmont Park Conservancy is excited to announce the newest feature installed in the Piedmont Park large dog park; a brand new agility course!

The course was graciously donated to the Piedmont Park Dog Parks by 16-year-old Ansley Park resident Jason Steinfeld. Jason is a Life Rank Boy Scout working toward Eagle Scout rank. He wanted to bring some added excitement to the dog parks and allow an area for the dogs to play, exercise and even do some agility training. He hopes this installation will bring joy to both dogs and their owners.

“I love Piedmont Park. I did my Bar Mitzvah Project in the Park by planting a big Oak tree and ferns.  So it seemed natural to have my Eagle Project here too,” said Jason.

Jason with Piedmont Park Conservancy President/CEO Mark Banta

Jason worked on this project for over a year so that dogs all over Atlanta could come to Piedmont Park and have a little something extra to enjoy. Over 20 scout, family and friend volunteers helped with the installation.

The agility course represents the Conservancy’s efforts to encourage park visitors to be active while also having fun – humans and dogs alike! Appreciation goes to Jason and the Steinfield family for this enhancement for their fellow Atlantans.

Head outdoors with your furry friend, and visit the Piedmont Park Dog Parks this weekend for a new experience!

Guest Post by Alexandra Anton

Tails of Piedmont Park: Dutchess

Meet Dutchess, a one-year old toy poodle with kinky white hair and an adorable smile. Dutchess and her owner, Kenzie, can be found playing and running around in the small dog park donned in her pink collar, or resting on the benches under a large canopy of trees.

One week after Kenzie and Dutchess were a pair, Dutchess visited her first dog park: Piedmont Park. She was timid and scared, but with her owner and friends nearby, she soon realized that everything was ok. Dutchess now loves the dog park, and they come every weekend. Dutchess has become a very social puppy and knows that there are always lots of dogs to play with when coming to Piedmont Park. While Dutchess has been to several other dog parks, she prefers Piedmont Park’s dog parks. They are much nicer and well-maintained compared to other Atlanta off-leash dog parks. Also, they are large enough for Dutchess to run around for hours with an entire acre in the small dog park, and two acres in the large dog park.

Kenzie and Dutchess are residents of Decatur. Say hello to Dutchess and Kenzie the next time you spot them in the dog park!

 

Check out the Dog Park webpage.