GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - There's finally a dog park in Gulfport, and pet owners in the area couldn't be happier. Wednesday marked the grand opening of the Bark Park.
It features two separate spaces; one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Both spaces include room to roam, watering stations, benches, pet-friendly sanitation stations, fun pet obstacles, shade trees, and after-dark lighting.
"It means I have a place for my dog to run free without having to be on a leash. I love it," said Leann Stockus, of Gulfport.
The new Bark Park is at the corner of 34th St. and 8th Ave. in a flood plain area that is getting a big makeover.
"This is in an area of the city that needed some rejuvenation. Been neglected a long time.," said Mayor Billy Hewes. "So, not only do we have a dog park, we've got the community gardens. We'll be putting in a kayak launch, walking trails, bike paths. There's a disc golf course already here, too. So, it's a great place for folks to come and recreate and discover."
The Bark Park is open 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. seven days a week. The kayak launch opening is planned for spring 2018.