TAVARES — Lake County’s newest recreational addition, a dog park at Lake Idamere Park, is winning rave reviews from local residents and their canine companions.
The Board of County Commissioners cut the ceremonial ribbon for the 1.5-acre dog park on May 20. The dog park is situated in the center island of the Lake Idamere parking lot, which is located south of Tavares off County Road 448 near the State Road 19 intersection.
Deputy County Manager Gregg Welstead and Ashley enjoy the new dog park at Lake Idamere Park.
The dog park features three separate areas; one for larger dogs, another for smaller canines and a third for future expansion of a doggie obstacle course. The fenced-in dog park also offers multiple entry gates, dog-waste stations, water stations and plenty of shade trees.
Deputy County Manager Gregg Welstead frequently visits the dog park with his two Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese puppy. On Labor Day morning he counted more than 10 families and their dogs using the new park feature.
“It gives the dogs an opportunity to run when they normally don’t get a chance to get off the leash,” he said. “It also gives families an opportunity to meet other County residents they typically wouldn’t come in contact with.”
On Saturday, Sept. 16, the dog park will be closed as the Central Florida Obedience Dog Club will host the Halloween Extravaganza and Show and Go beginning at 9 a.m. The event will feature obedience classes, an agility jumper course and a short rally course. There will also be a K-9 demonstration and “bobbin’ for biscuits.”
To pre-register for event, log on to www.centralfloridaodc.com. For more information about the Halloween Extravaganza and Show and Go, call (352) 742-4442.