Attention Meridian dogs: New dog park opens Wednesday

The city of Meridian hosts a grand opening celebration for Storey Bark Park from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The 2.25-acre fully fenced park at 430 E. Watertower Lane adjacent to Storey Park includes separate large dog and small dog areas, shade shelters, paved walkways, dog drinking fountains, agility features and a pair of fire hydrants.

“It’s going to be great to see happy tails wagging in our new dog park. The Storey Bark Park is another great example of how our Parks and Recreation Department grows to reflect the needs of our community and to connect even more people to our excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. I know this park will bring a lot of joy to dogs and their owners,” said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd in a news release.

The dog park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. In addition to canine-friendly amenities, it also includes benches, restrooms and water fountains for the canines’ human counterparts.

“One thing that I have learned through this process is that dog parks are really for people,” said Steve Siddoway, Meridian Parks and Recreation Director. “A well-designed dog park has the potential to be so much more than just a place to exercise your pet. For many dog owners, a dog park, like the Storey Bark Park, is a place to meet new friends, relax, and enjoy the outdoors in a new way. This new park has been designed and constructed with that in mind,” said Siddoway.