Need something new to do with your pooch? A new off-leash park is coming to Birmingham this year that developers hope will become the new hound hot spot.
“It stands apart from other dog parks,” Katie Sullivan, public relations coordinator for Red Mountain Park, says of the upcoming Remy Dog Park. Covering six acres, it will be much larger than other Birmingham-area dog parks, such as the one at George Ward Park on Green Springs Highway, the Loch Haven Dog Park in Hoover or the Cahaba Beach Dog Park in Inverness, all of which measure no more than two and a half acres each.
And the Red Mountain Park location is ideal for both its accessibility and atmosphere, she says.
“This one is going to be all in nature,” Sullivan says. Red Mountain Park will convert six of their 1,200 acres into the new puppy playground, which will feature ample space for off-leash running and playing and access to drinking water and hoses for baths. A sketch of the upcoming park also shows open areas designated specifically for both large and small dogs, in addition to a more secluded area for special needs — such as shy or elderly — dogs.
Sullivan says that the project has been made possible by the generosity of their donor, Ken Jackson. His donations, totaling $200,000, come from his “Mac & Tosh” Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, and are only the latest of his philanthropic endeavors for animals. Jackson also established the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services in 2010, which helps to fund programs aimed at the health and well-being of companion animals. The fund and upcoming park are named after Remy, Jackson’s late Jack Russell/Shih Tzu mix pup.
The area designated for the future Remy Dog Park is currently a tangle of weeds and brush, but clearing of the site will begin at this weekend’s groundbreaking. The park is expected to be completed and open to the public by the end of this year.
“We want to have the community give it its start,” Sullivan says. Volunteers are invited to participate in the “Doggie Work Days” taking place at Red Mountain Park — rain or shine — from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14.