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Does your dog love to romp, play and frolic in the snow? Give them a chance to get outside at the upcoming “Doggy Play Day” set from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13.

In a Dec. 26 Anderson Park Friends, Inc. news release, the organization announced its first-ever event at the new dog park at Anderson Farm County Park, 804 Union Road.

Activities will start in the parking lot. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will be a local activity in observance of “National Walk Your Dog” month and is a part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy You” initiative, a partnership between Dane County Parks, the Foundation for Dane County Parks, SSM Health, and Dean Health Plan.

“It’s a perfect way to keep that new year’s resolution of exercising more and visiting the brand-new dog park.” APF, Inc. president Roe Parker said in the news release. “Oregon loves their dogs and have already embraced the new dog park. I observed 19 cars in the parking lot on Dec. 26. The positive response from the community has been overwhelming.”

Parker said the dog park has been an “instant success” since opening on Nov. 29, 2021.

“It is quite satisfying to the many APF volunteers who have worked on various park activities to see such large numbers of people use the park,” Parker added. “Many people join us for the sole reason of ‘making a difference’ in the community. Anderson Park Friends log their volunteer hours and have counted over 3,400 hours of time and effort went into the park in 2021. That is a new record for volunteer hours.”

The Doggy Play Day event will feature tables loaded with information about the health benefits for both dogs and their owners about getting out for walks, according to the news release. A doctor from SSM Health may also be there to talk about health benefits, the news release states. Some light snacks and dog treats will be handed out, Parker said. And free 2022 dog park permits will be given away as door prizes.

“Walk Your Dog Month is a perfect time to blend exercise with bonding time for you and your pup,” Parker said.

For more information, contact Parker at 608-835-3580, or 608-354-5283 (cell), or roeparker@charter.net.

Reporter Neal Patten can be reached at npatten@wisconsinmediagroup.com

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