Tuesday, March 20, 2018

History of Cahaba Dog Park

It all began with a Facebook post. After that, a large group, now with almost 2,000 members on Facebook began. Four women, Jaime Anderson, Joanna Garcia, Dana Larkin and Cindy Underwood, came together to form the Trussville Dog Parks Auxiliary board in hopes of forming several dog parks in the Trussville area. Thus, Cahaba Dog Park was born.

Tris loves exploring the dog park.
In early 2017, these women started making a push in the community to help facilitate the building of the dog park. After several meetings with Trussville Parks and Recreation, this dream started to become reality.

A 1.5-acre parcel of land was selected for the park, and the project continued to gain momentum. In the fall of 2017, the fences went up around the park, and by January 2018 the signs marking the small dog and large dog areas were installed.

A month later, the dog park officially opened to the public. Trussville dog owners have enjoyed the dog park already, despite the short time it’s been open.

“Wolfe had a blast Saturday and Sunday at the new park,” one Facebook user wrote on the Cahaba Dog Park page.

Jenny loves rolling in the grass.
“Building Cahaba Dog Park has been a community-driven, group effort from day one,” said Jaime Melton Anderson, Trussville Park & Rec board member. “We are so grateful for the support of Mayor Choat, our City Council, the Park & Rec board, the Trussville community and especially our Trussville Dog Parks Auxiliary members. We hope everyone will bring their pups to enjoy a day at Cahaba Dog Park.”

The park is open dawn to dusk, unless inclement weather. There’s a small dog area for dogs weighing less than 25 pounds and a large dog area for dogs weighing more than 25 pounds.

Cahaba Dog Park is located at 531 Cherokee Drive, just across the road from Cahaba Elementary School.

Finn might be big, but he's a puppy at heart.

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