The metro area’s latest dog park is an international hit, at least according to a visitor from England who marveled at the park during its opening reception.
West Terrace Dog Park celebrated a “Yappy Hour” Saturday to commemorate the opening of the 1.5-acre off-leash facility where dogs are allowed to roam free.
Sam Hamilton, of London, was accompanied by a friend and his golden doodle, Harold. Hamilton has been working and living in Kansas City since September. He said he was impressed with the new park.
They don’t have dog parks in London, Hamilton said.
“This is incredibly cool,” he said.
The new dog park is on the north end of West Terrace Park, on the west bluffs near Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue below the Lewis and Clark sculpture. It features fencing, a curved path, stone staircase, new trees, benches and picnic tables.
Opening day activities included a cash bar, pictures, cake, agility course, a dog splash pool, and canine art.
Some owners received treat bags for their dogs, enough perks that made Saturday’s visit worth it for Kansas City, Kan., resident Mitzi Smith and her mixed breed dog, Romeo.
“It’s a nice thing that they put on,” she said.
The dog park is the third off-leash area in a Kansas City park. Others are located in Penn Valley and Swope parks.
The Kansas City parks department also partnered with North Kansas City on another well-used park at Northeast 32nd and Swift avenues in North Kansas City.
Dog owners must register to use West Terrace Dog Park. You do not have to be a Kansas City resident to become a member. For more information on how to join visit http://kcparks.org/park/wtdp
Saturday’s celebration will likely draw first-time visitors such as Hamilton and Smith — and their dogs — back as members.
“Romeo had a nice time,” Smith said, adding the dog enjoyed complimentary doggy cake and photo opportunities. “He smelled a lot of (things) and got to know some people.”