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Splash Pad Rockets from Launching Pad

Sep 18, 2015 09:48PM ● By Rhett Wilkinson

A dog plays at the splash pad last year Bark in the Park. The pad made a return this year. Photo courtesy Ann Eatchel

By Rhett Wilkinson

At Bark in the Park last year, the splash pad was such a hit that this year, it returned.

It’s for the dogs. But the recreation was so popular that it had to return for the Saturday event, City of Cottonwood Heights Coordinator Ann Eatchel said.

Eatchel talked about various activities found at Bark in the Park.

“And then, of course,” Eatchel said, “the biggest part of Mountview Park is going to the splash pad and playing in the water.”

Bark in the Park is an annual event in Cottonwood Heights that allows dogs not just to frolick in water, but also to win a contest and new friends.

Their owners this year again had a chance for fun, too, in quite a canine way. The city offered demonstrations by ThunderPaws Fly Ball (dogs compete) and a police dog.

Pet adoptions were also available.

“I love dogs and the residents of Cottonwood Heights also love brining the dogs out,” Eatchel said. “So it’s one of my favorite events of the year.”

Eatchel has three dogs and her husband is the canine sergeant for Cottonwood Heights.

Eatchel’s response about the biggest Bark in the Park challenge?

“Actually, there isn’t,” she said. “We being doing it for so many years that it’s just enjoyable.”

The function has run each of the four years that Eatchel has held the job. She pointed out Jamie Jackson and Kris Monty as excellent volunteers who approached contests creatively.

If you go…

Bark in the Park

Mountview Park

1651 Fort Union Blvd.

Saturday, 10 AM-12 PM