MILFORD, Del. – Milford city officials unveil its new 40,000 square foot dog park on Saturday Nov. 1 – the first park of its kind in the area.
The Milford dog park, built along the city's River Walk, features covered seating areas, picnic tables, waste baskets with trash bags included and water fountains that serve both pet and owner. There are also two separate enclosures for small and large dogs.
Gary Emory, manager of Parks and Recreation in Milford, says dog parks aren't a new trend but larger cities tend to have more opportunities to build them.
“It's kind of new to smaller municipalities like Milford,” said Emory. “There's one in Middletown, there is a dog park in Kent County, but we believe this is the first one in Sussex County.”
Some born and raised Milford residents were more than excited to know their pets would have a place to co-mingle with other dogs.
But long-time Milford resident Dina Howard has a large four-year old dog and she worries about how other owners discipline their dogs.
“I think it's nice but I do have my apprehensions,” says Howard. “You just want to be careful of how your dog would be reacting or how another dog may react to yours.”
Certain restrictions apply at the dog park and pet owners are urged to call Milford's Department of Parks and Recreation for more information at (302) 422-1104.