Upper Allen Township’s First Dog Park Set to Open this Summer



Upper Allen Township’s First Dog Park Set to Open this Summer

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, June 18, 2018 – The canines of Upper Allen Township soon will have a new place to run and play when the Township’s first off-leash dog park opens this summer.

The new dog park, which will be located next to Daybreak Church (321 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055), will feature nearly three acres of open space divided into three separate fenced-in areas – two for larger dogs and one for smaller canines. The park, expected to open on Saturday, June 30 at 9:00 a.m., will also feature a secure entry gate for passholders only, dog waste stations, a shaded structure, benches and trees.

Registration is required to use the park to ensure only dogs with up-to-date vaccinations can enter.  Registration forms are currently available on the Township’s website at Upper Allen Township Dog Park at Daybreak or at the municipal building (100 Gettysburg Pike). Pet owners will receive a key fob for entry, which will be valid from July 1st to June 30th. Memberships will cost $20 for residents and $50 for non-residents. Owners will pay $10 for an additional dog.

The Upper Allen Township Commissioners give special thanks to our partners, sponsors and staff who helped make the dog park possible.

“After 4 years of searching for available land and researching the best practices of off-leash dog parks”, the Board of Commissioners, Park & Recreation Board and Dog Park Committee are excited to be opening this first of its kind facility in Upper Allen Township,” said Commissioner Paul Rigney. “We would like to give a big thanks to Daybreak Church, which donated the land, and to Purina, which funded major park amenities, and for their continued partnership as we work to create this great place for pets and people to play and socialize.”

“Daybreak Church is focused on serving our community so we are thrilled to partner with Upper Allen Township to have this dog park on our property,” said Robin Kaplin, who oversees the Community Impact Ministries at Daybreak Church. “We’re excited to have even more community members on our campus throughout the week and we look forward to meeting new people and serving them through this partnership.   We hope everyone comes out on June 30th to check out the great facilities. It will be an open house, so all are welcome to come and bring their dogs to experience the dog park that day.”

“Pets have a great way of bringing people together,” said Mike O’Brien, Factory Manager for Purina in Mechanicsburg, which makes popular brands such as Purina Cat Chow, Purina ONE and Purina Pro Plan. “Pets are at the heart of the work we do every day at Purina, so we’re happy to support this project and see it come to life in our community. Having dog parks in a community is a great asset for residents and visitors alike.”

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