BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was 74 years ago on Saturday that Hiller Park became Biloxi city property.
Saturday, the city celebrated the anniversary of the park with a ribbon-cutting on a new addition — the city's second dog park. Richard Giardelli and his wife Linda brought their three dogs to the celebration.
"Wonderful. Our dogs love the outside. They love to run around. Look at them, all these happy faces," said Giardelli.
Happy faces and wagging tales were easy to find. As part of the celebration, sponsors like Raising Canes, Friends of Hiller Park, and the Chamber of Commerce provided doggy snacks and a few human snacks as well.
"Everybody that was involved, we really appreciate it. Wonderful thing they did," said Giardelli.
The event was organized by Councilwoman Dixie Newman and Cheryl Bell. The two have worked together to bring improvements to Hiller Park. Now, their hard work is paying off.
"As you see the citizens are excited, the dogs are excited. It just means a lot," said Newman.
The $4,500 dog park was funded by donations and sponsors. And Bell, director of parks and recreation, says it's only the beginning.
"I'm really surprised. A lot of people say, your dog park is small. I say, yes, it's just a start," said Bell.
Newman and Bell are excited about possible future projects that are currently in the planning stages. One project includes an expansion of the dog park in the near future.
Newman says the dog park is named in memory of her dog Pixie, who passed away two years ago.