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Dog Daze Returns to the Bay Aquatic Park

August 20, 2018

Seth Koslowski gets his dog Acer excited about the idea of chasing a ball at last year's Dog Daze at the Bay in Broomfield.

If you go

What: Dog Daze at the Bay

When: 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

Where: Bay Aquatic Park, 250 Spader Way

Cost: $5 per dog/resident, $7 per dog/non-resident

More info: Visit broomfield.org/dogdaze to sign up for a time slot

Broomfield’s Bay Aquatic Park is calling all dogs to an end-of-the-summer pool party.

Registration is open now for Dog Daze at the Bay — an annual event that invites man’s best friend to splash around and chase tennis balls provided by the city and county.

“We have literally hundreds of tennis balls for the dogs,” Community Events Coordinator Kay Gazaway said.

Owners are not allowed in the pool Sept. 8 when the Bay will open at 9 a.m. Drop-ins are welcome if there are open slots, Gazaway said, but owners are encouraged to sign up ahead of time for the time slot they want.

“We limit the number of dogs per hour so that everyone has some swimming room and has some fun,” Gazaway said.

Each slot allows for 100 dogs and plenty of slots are still available. Last year, the morning sessions were the first to fill up.

“It’ll just be tons of fun, tons of craziness,” Gazaway said. “Dogs are having the best time and can hardly wait to get off-leash and into the pool.”

Smaller dogs can play in the Bay’s baby pool or run through the fountain jets. Last year, a variety of breeds came to the event, which now is in its 11th year.

“There must have been 50 goldens there, all soaking wet, and people were asking ‘how do I tell which one is mine?’” Gazaway said. “There’s lots of retrievers too . . . and corgis and dachshunds in the baby pool.”

Some dogs leap off the side of the pool, Gazaway said, while others dip their paws in before retreating.

Lifeguards will be on duty the entire time to offer assistance.

Dogs need to arrive on leash, but may be untethered as soon as they’re inside the gate. Owners of smaller dogs will want to monitor their pets; the bay has fencing, Gazaway said, but some of the smaller dogs could squeeze through.

They ask that people bring “friendly, well-behaved” dogs. If any behavior issues arrises, people may be asked to leave.

“Most (dogs) are so focused on the fact they get to swim,” Gazaway said. “There were no problems last year.”

Animal control officers, with the Broomfield Police Department, will return this year to meet residents and pets. Dog-focused vendors, from veterinarians and dog groomers to pet stores, also have been invited.

Plastic bags will be available to pick up after pets and buckets will be throughout the park to dispose of the bags.

Dog owners are invited to bring flying discs or flotation devices for their dogs.

“Whatever makes their dog happy in the water is totally great,” she said.

Concessions will be closed, but restrooms will remain open. Visitors can bring snacks or water bottles into the Bay.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios

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