New dog park in Heekin Park big hit in Muncie IN

Kelley Stewart of Sit, Stay and Play, and Barbara Gilland

Second dog park opened by city government for animal lovers

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE INDIANA (NEWS)  - Kelley Stewart thought the new dog park for both big and small was a great addition to south Muncie.

And Stewart, who runs sit-stay and play animal sitting service, lined with other animal owners Saturday for the opening of dog walk in Heekin Park next to the fire station at Memorial Drive and Hackley streets.

The huge south Muncie park is the second to have a dog park. Last year, the city opened a similar run at the old Emerson School site.

Phil Peckinpaugh, animal shelter superintendent, said the park was a great improvement for south Muncie where thousands of dog owners live. The began in April clearing the site and installing fencing for the park.

Like the Emerson site, there are places for big and small dogs besides a yearly fee to use the park.

Marge Evans, who retired from Ball State brought her dogs, Copper and Cody, to try out the new park. She liked the wooded site besides the large run for her animals.

Stewart, who organizes dog walks, thought the city did a great job of providing recreational opportunities for dogs.

 On Monday, the Ball State Club will meet at 6 p.m. at the Benny statute on University Avenue for that walk. Another meets Friday at 6 p.m. in Morrow's Meadow at Ball State.

Mayor Dennis Tyler said the new park was just what many park users wanted and improved the quality of life for residents.

Peckinpaugh talked about a third park as park board members Beverly Kelley and Joanne Miller talked about unique ways to provide recreational opportunities to the public.

The park board has improved playgrounds, camp sites and built a new bathhouse at Prairie Creek Reservoir over the last two years.

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