Lexington dog park nears completion; applications to be available next week

Four-legged residents of the Town of Lexington will be wagging their tails with joy in just a few weeks. The newest recreation offering in the area, Lexington Paw Park, is set to open in about a month.

Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre shared an update on the council’s “pet project” Monday during the September council meeting.

“For those dog lovers, which we have many of in this town, the anticipated opening (of the park) is October,” he said.

Town Administrator Britt Poole said the project would have been completed earlier but that frequent rains delayed work somewhat. The last items are expected to be finished by the end of October to allow pet owners and their dogs to take advantage of fall weather.

Land at the three-acre park has been graded, and electrical work is ongoing. Recent sponsorships and contributions from area veterinary practices will provide the best in outdoor fun for pets and their humans.

Thanks to the Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church Girl Scouts, the dogs even will have an agility course designed with input by the troop members. The girls have been commissioned to decorate the fire hydrants at the park as well.

Work at Paw Park got underway this summer after council approved the regulations, name and guidelines in April. Located on Hendrix Street near the Gibson Road Soccer Complex, hours for the park will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Applications to register your dogs will be available on the Town of Lexington site next week. A maximum of three dogs per household can be registered. People will be given a special dog tag for their pet and the gate combination after they sign up.

Annual rates are $30 for the first dog and $15 for each additional dog for owners living within the town limits. For non-residents, fees are $50 for the first dog and $25 for additional pets. Prorated fees will be applied if registration is purchased with fewer than six months remaining in calendar year.