Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver
(Highlands Ranch, Colo.) Last week, South Suburban Parks and Recreation opened up a two-acre all-grass dog park in Highlands Ranch.
After a year of renovations and construction, David A. Lorenz Regional Park opened up with brand new turf playing fields and an off-leash dog park.
Becky Grubb, South Suburban communications manager, shared that canine and human guests of the dog park will get to enjoy a fully grassed play area and a shade pavilion. Many dog parks feature dirt or gravel and dog owners are excited to utilize the grassy play area at David A. Lorenz.
“Overall, the park is two acres. It’s built so that we can close one side of the park to allow the grass to recover and also includes a fenced-in small dog area,” Grubb said.
After recent scares at the Newlin Meadows Dog Park, organizations like the American Kennel Club and VCA Animal Hospitals reassure dog-owners that dog parks are safe and offer tips to help ease concerns.
The AKC advises owners to observe their dogs while at parks to make sure dogs aren’t ingesting any foreign substances and for emergencies, shares how to safely make a dog throw-up here.
Dogs are also required by many dog parks to have full vaccinations before entering dog parks to prevent the spread of deadly diseases like parvovirus.
Additionally, as summer temperatures rise, owners should watch for signs of heat exhaustion in their pets, keep them well hydrated, and shoot for morning or evening play-time in dog parks.
The David A. Lorenz Dog Park is located near the north entrance to the park at 4790 E. County Line Rd. in Highlands Ranch.
Additionally, visitors can enjoy these ten additional dog parks across Douglas County.