WILMINGTON — Most week nights at the Denver Williams Dog Park in Wilmington, you’ll find it quite busy with large dog breeds running around, fetching, chasing, wrestling, tackling and being their playful selves.
Recently, 6 p.m. has been deemed “social hour” for all dog types to burn off some energy and to learn to get along, while proud parents enjoy the social camaraderie and act as referee the odd time that a concern may be detected. (And yes, some dogs are quietly removed from the park and taken home early, due to bad behavior or a personality conflict.)
The Wilmington Parks & Recreation Department had the good foresight to design and plan the dog park to be situated in a shady-tree area with two separate sections. The smaller closed-off section is great for puppies to observe, as well as for smaller dogs to enjoy a dog run appropriate for their size. (Small children tend to remain in the smaller section so they do not feel intimidated by the flurry of fur.) The bigger fenced-in area is for larger, confident, more experienced dogs.
You will find that most owners do act responsibly refilling the water bowls from the easily accessible running water provided. As well, they pick up after their beloved pets with the bags supplied by the Parks & Recreation Dept.
Dog owner Tom Somrack generously donated a trunk with extra dog toys for everyone to encourage their dogs to use. The Clinton Animal Care Center donated a much-needed bench for relaxing owners.
Although you will find the odd flying slobber, and the need to protect your knees from overly rambunctious running canines, the joy is there for everyone to witness … dogs being dogs: Happy. Normal. And having a great time!
The Wilmington Dog Park is located on Fife Avenue, east of the duck pond, behind the wooden playground.