Humane Society of Central Illinois

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

The Thank You Bark at the Dog Park was a fun event to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Dog Park at Maxwell Park in Normal, IL.  Many dog lovers were present to show their appreciation to the Town of Normal for creating this new, wonderful dog-friendly facility.

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

The dogs and their owners showed up early for this fun event.

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

Everyone waited patiently, and the dogs were well behaved.


Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

Another group ready to go!

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

The crowd grew bigger...


Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

We estimate at least 150 dogs attended the Thank You Bark. We couldn't get everyone in one picture so we took four of different parts of the crowd.

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

Gidget had a great time at the dog park. She met lots of new friends and was able to get in quite a bit of exercise too.


Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

City of Normal Mayor Chris Koos, and Pamela Sweetwood of HSCI, cut the ribbon during the Grand Opening ceremony!

The ribbon was made out of treats from Dog Lover's Delight!

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

Now for the real fun!


Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

Here Lori is with Mojo, one of our dogs available for adoption attending the event. Mojo proved to be very popular with other dogs. He and Gidget played in the park for well over an hour. Some dogs were tired out within 20 minutes. That exercise at HSCI apparently pays off!

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

Lot's of running going on...


Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

Have to check everyone out.

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

What does she have that is so interesting?  A ball, of course!


Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

There is plenty of space for dogs to really cut loose!

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

As proof of how much fun they had, many of the dogs went home quite dirty, covered in mud. This dog, named Jersey I believe, sported a bandana for the occasion. Both the bandana and the dog were needing a bath.


Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

Frisbee anyone?

Dog Park Grand Opening - April 2005

Kristen, our intern, hands out one of the many door or "gate" prizes of the day.

This was a fun event and a wonderful day. A big thank you goes out to the Town of Normal for creating the Dog Park. Thank You!


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