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Dog Park is open
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McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord and his dog, Charlie, enjoy a visit to McMinnville’s first dog park. It opens Wednesday. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

With doggish glee, the city of McMinnville has announced the opening of its first park geared toward man’s best friend.

“The McMinnville Dog Park is complete,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “It will open Aug. 12. The park will be open from daylight to half an hour before dark.”

The park features separate areas for small and large dogs. It has a double-gated entrance to help prevent escapees as dogs enter and exit. Each area has a dog-friendly water fountain. 

Human users of the park must abide by the following rules:

• Always dispose of your dog’s waste in the trash receptacles. If waste accumulates, the park will close for health and safety reasons.

• Each owner is permitted to bring no more than two dogs. You must supervise your dogs at all times.

• Dogs must be wearing current rabies and ID tags at all times.

• Aggressive dogs are not permitted. If your dog becomes aggressive, leash it and exit the park immediately. Owners are legally responsible for their dog and any injuries they cause.

• Puppies under 4 months old and female dogs in heat are not permitted.

• Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the park. Owners should have leash on hand for each dog at all times.

• No dog food, human food, glass containers, or smoking allowed in the park.

• Vending or the selling/ giving away of animals is prohibited. 

A sign has been placed to remind users of the rules. Read the fine print:

“Use of the McMinnville Dog Park at Pepper Branch Park constitutes acknowledgement (i.e. the human users agree and admit) that: 

1) The user is aware of and understands all risks and dangers involved with being around and controlling canines. 

2) The user voluntarily chooses to accept the risks of injuries and/ or damages to themselves, their property, and their dogs.

3) The city of McMinnville and its agents, employees, and volunteers are not responsible for, and will not be liable for, any injuries and/ or damages to users, their property, or their dogs. 

4) Users will make no claim nor bring any lawsuit against the city for any injuries and/or damages to themselves, their property, or their dogs received while using the McMinnville Dog Park or other city property.

The city received a $25,000 grant from the Boyd Foundation that helped prompt establishment of the park. Randy Boyd will be contacted about a grand opening ceremony to be held later.