A new $1.1 million dog park opens Saturday in Apache Junction
The opening celebration for the city of Apache Junction’s first off-leash dog park will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on April 30 at 247 E. Superstition Blvd.
“Meet local rescues, businesses and all things dog; take photos with your furry friends; participate in raffles and receive information about the park,” according to a statement.
In June 1021, Scholz Contracting LLC was awarded a contract worth over $1.1 million to build the 2.6-acre off-leash dog park at the northwest corner of the Pinal County complex.
Dogs must be registered and have their vaccinations up to date. Go to Apachejunctionaz.gov/dogpark.
The Dutchman Dog Park, which began construction in August, includes separate fenced areas for different sizes of dogs, grass, water stations, solar lighting, shade and seating. It will be open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and Thursday; and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The three dog parks are Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Ironwood, according to the city’s website:
- The Mesquite area, the largest area in the park, is for active dogs and dogs that are comfortable with all types of dogs. Expect other dogs to want to play or check on your dog when you visit this space.
- Espace Palo Verde: “In the middle of the dog park, this space is intended for passive or shy dogs. Although we would expect to see mostly smaller dogs here, some larger dogs can also be quite shy. As long as they’re not aggressive or overly playful, it’s a good space for them too,” the website says.
- Ironwood Area: “This space is an enclosed space used for activities, classes, events, and periodic facility maintenance. It will also be available for community members to rent based on availability for small puppy parties or to train their own dog. It’s also a great space for individuals to reserve if they have a dog that isn’t yet ready to socialize with other off-leash dogs,” he says.
The City is looking for grants, donations and corporate partners who might be interested in contributing to the financing of the project. If you have questions or would like to get involved in one of our citizen groups, email [email protected]