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Grand County Pet Pals to celebrate opening of new dog park Thursday

McKenna Harford
mharford@skyhinews.com

The grand opening for the new Granby Bark Park is on Thursday.

After months of planning and fundraising, Grand County's furriest residents will finally have a space of their own.

Grand County Pet Pals, the nonprofit arm of the Grand County Animal Shelter, is hosting the grand opening of the Bark Park at Granby Trails, a fully fenced three-acre dog park, on Thursday morning.

Located on the corner of Highways 30 and 43 near Granby Trails, the space offers off-leash areas for both large and small dogs for no cost to users. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. and representatives from Pet Pals and the town of Granby, which partnered with Pet Pals to create the dog park, will speak about the project and celebrate its opening with the community.

"It's a clean and safe location for dogs to play off-leash, without endangering or annoying other people, properties or wildlife, surrounded by the natural beauty of our county," said Lisa Jonas, president of Pet Pals. "Grand County Pet Pals is proud to bring this facility to our town and our guests as a place to socialize for people and their pets."

The park was funded through a grant from the Granby-based Recreation Open Space & Housing Foundation, a local tax-exempt entity, as well as by local donors.

Though the park is free, Jules Zane, a Pet Pals board member, said they are still accepting donations for the second phase of the park, which would include adding an agility course and a covered seating area.

"Our main goal for the Bark Park is just to have another addition to our community that really serves its purpose," Zane said. "There are a lot of people with dogs in this area, including ourselves, who were all kind of looking for a place like this, so we're happy that through fundraising as a nonprofit we were able to bring this to Granby."