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Dog park set to open with Friday ceremony

The Blue River Run Dog Park is ready for play time once a ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Karen Martin can breathe a sigh of relief Friday afternoon.

After months of anxiously awaiting the opening of the Blue River Run Dog Park, the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Blue River Memorial Park, 725 Lee Boulevard, in Shelbyville.

Martin, the parks director, stopped by the park on Monday to confirm the key fob entry system, which was the cause of the delay in opening the park, was working.

“Everything looks like right now (it) is going to run smooth,” she said. “I’m hoping. I’m crossing my fingers. I’m sure we’ll have glitches along the way but we’ll be able to help anybody out so that’s not a problem.”

Updated shot records are required for any dog who is registered to enter the park. Dog owners can register their dog at the ceremony.

The cost is $30 per dog per year and $20 for any additional dog. Membership to the two-acre park will include one key fob for the gate per household and a dog tag. Membership is valid for one year from the month that the dog is registered.

Owners can pay by cash or check on Friday.

The department will be closed on Monday for Columbus Day but will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday for registration. Although the office typically closes at 4 p.m., Martin said the staff may stay later in the next couple weeks for owners who are unable to make it until later. She said those who need to register after 4 p.m. should call the office at 317-392-5128 to give them a heads up.

As part of the festivities on Friday, owners can do a puppy paw print painting. The cost is $20 and that includes the canvas and paint.

Dog treats that were donated by Pet Value also will be available.

A rules packet will be provided when dogs are registered and Martin said the staff will go over them at the ceremony.

Martin is aware of the anticipation of the park’s opening. She’s seen the Facebook messages.

“I share that excitement because I just can’t wait to see people enjoying themselves,” she said. “That’s what the parks and rec is all about is giving people that quality of life.”

One thing she wanted to specify was that it is a dog park and not a pet park. She said a woman recently asked her if she could bring her potbelly pig.

Martin said no.

“No cats, no potbelly pigs,” she said with a laugh.