Bark Park expanding at Gage Park

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – Hill’s Bark Park is expanding at Gage Park.

At the Shawnee County Commission meeting Thursday morning, it was announced that Hill’s Pet Nutrition donated $175,000 to Shawnee County Parks & Rec for the expansion. The new gift ensures that the name, Hills Bark Park, remains for the next 10 years.

It will create more space for both the large and small dog areas which are separate from each other. It will also provide better turf and new fencing.

The large dog section will extend into a rarely used softball field in Gage Park while the small dog section will grow in footprint to what is currently the large dog section. The expanded Hill’s Bark Park will have two separate parking areas as well as two entrances.

Other new additions will include a concrete wall just inside of the entrances where patrons tend to gather, new fencing, new shade structures in the large dog section and new LED lights.

Shawnee County Parks & Rec would like to add more dog parks in the future, but there are no concrete plans as of now.

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