After 12 years of waiting, Bluffton finally has its first dog park â and itâs officially open to the public.
Although the ribbon-cutting ceremony wonât take place until Nov. 7, Bluffton Dog Park lifted the locks at Oscar Frazier Park and finished installing its signage Wednesday, according to the Town of Bluffton Facebook page. Bluffton finalized the rules in July and was waiting for the signs to be finished before opening the park to four-legged friends.
The park has three different sections: one for small dogs, one for bigger dogs (heavier than 40 pounds) and one for senior dogs.
Most of the rules are straightforward, but some may surprise you.
Here are five rules you should know before taking your dog into the park.
If you want to avoid legal trouble, donât go into the park when itâs darkâthe rules say doing so will be considered trespassing.
To anyone who has puppies, youâll need to keep them out of the park until theyâre a little older.
Whether youâre a foster parent to dogs or have a house big enough to match the size of your heart, youâll need to bring no more than two dogs at a time to the park or bring someone along to help you monitor them.
You may ask your young kids to take the dog for a walk by themselves, but they canât wander into the park alone with your dog.
This may come as a surprise to some, but Abby Bird, a local dog trainer and the owner of Alphadog Training Academy, previously told The Island Packet about the danger of dog owners having food in a public setting.
âAll dogs move toward a person with the treat,â she said. âThey donât know which dog itâs meant for. Owners can get jumped on and knocked over.â
And, if you find any rules are being broken, call Bluffton Police Department â theyâre overseeing the park.