Vero Beach Dog Park continues to make improvements designed to provide better park access for both owners and their dogs.
The south parking area was reconstructed in early in 2019 as a van accessible, handicapped parking area. An entry area with a shade structure and a large pavilion in the small dog area followed two months later.
Just a few weeks ago, the dog park contracted with local firm Seal Rite Pavers to install a paved walkway that leads from that van accessible south entrance to the shade pavilion. “Connectivity, comfort, and patron accessibility are key in the design of all our improvement projects” said dog park president Bob Joy.
“We knew many senior citizens had dogs all their lives and now missed their companionship” said Joy. “We communicated with local assisted living facilities and saw our first bus of seniors arrive mid-June of 2019. Those folks enjoyed watching all the dogs at play from the entry area outside the fence. Our most recent paved walkway project provides safer access to the pavilion once inside the park” said Joy.
The majority of the work on the dog park’s accessibility projects was made possible through generous donations from Kevin and Kathy Spittle and the Spittle Family Fund.
Since its founding in 2014, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been invested in capital improvements at the dog park and over $250,000 spent for its annual operations. Vero Beach Dog Park is the only free public dog park in Vero Beach and is the only leased city property that does not charge for services. The dog park is located on Indian River Drive East in the City of Vero Beach. To learn more about Vero Beach Dog Park go to www.verobeachdogpark.org