Canyon County

Pooches get their own swimming hole in Nampa’s dog park

Nampa's seven-year-old dog park finally has the swimming pond advocates envisioned from the beginning, and it will open to the public — or at least their pooches — on Thursday.

The Nampa Parks and Recreation Department plans a ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m. at the park, located just off 2nd Street South near the Amity Road overpass.

Dogs are welcome to swim in the pond, but their people are asked to stay out of the water.

"The Nampa Dog Park has become such a popular recreational destination in our community," said city Parks and Recreation Director Darrin Johnson. "Now that we have completed the pond it will provide more opportunities for recreation and make a great place even better".

The master plan for the six-acre Dog Park included a swimming pond for dogs but the pond was not built during the initial construction phase because of a lack of funding. Since the park opened in 2009, the Volunteer Nampa Dog Park Committee has raised money through the annual Pooch Party Stroll & Splash, the Food Truck Rally Goes to the Dogs and a donation box located at the entrance of the park.