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Upgraded dog park opens in Valley Park

August 24, 2018

Quan Wilborne plays with his dog, Bubba, inside the new dog park at Valley Park in Hurricane.

A new and improved dog park at Valley Park in Hurricane is “pup” and running.

A $20,000 investment helped the park add a new perimeter fence, tubes for dogs to run through and eventually some new climbing structures, Putnam Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jarrod Dean said.

Some tubes from existing play structures are in place now, but Dean said the park will soon have some upgraded features.

The park will be named Donald and Linda Adkins Dog Park after the couple who donated the funds used to rebuild it. Donald decided to donate after his puploving wife, Linda, passed away.

″[Linda] had just an incredible amount of love for dogs and for animals,” Dean said. ”[Donald] exceeded the giving of what we needed and came to us with a $20,000 check and said ‘Let me know when you have it done.’”

Dean said the upgrades will hopefully bring more residents, but also thinks the park will start attracting more weary travelers heading through Hurricane.

“We wanted to create a nice space for travelers coming through Putnam County but also Putnam County residents and provide their animals a nice park to play in,” he said.

“People get off the Interstate to come just to let their kids play on the playground, they find out that we do have a dog park,” Dean said. “So, they let their kids play and they got a space to let their animals play, so it really works out for travelers coming through.”

The park was shortened a tad bit because of the disc golf course that neighbors it at Valley Park, Dean said, but the dog park still sits at about 200 feet long by 80 feet wide.

Dean added that the improvements were much needed, since there really aren’t many public places in Putnam County to let dogs off the leash and run free.

“We have a nice park for everybody else, so we’ve got to include all the furry friends, too,” he said.

Reach Joe Severino at joe.severino@vwgazettemall.com, 304-348-5189 or follow @Jj_severlno on Twitter.

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