Walking the dog will be even better thanks to renovations at Bear Creek Dog Park. El Paso County will celebrate the wide-ranging improvements with the unveiling of a sculpture April 28 at 10:45 a.m., followed by a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Improvements to the park include restroom facilities, utilities connection to supply year-round water for dog fountain and dog wash facilities, paved parking lot, temporary holding kennels, fencing, and critical flood control and drainage work to stabilize the banks of Bear Creek.
“Everything is complete except for the erosion control,” said volunteer Ron Buchanan. “They’ll work on that next week.”
Bear Creek Dog Park was established in 1997 at the request of citizens and is the most heavily used facility in the county’s park system with about 90,000 visitors a year. The 25-acre park, located at 21st Street and Rio Grande, features a primary trail that is nearly three-quarters of a mile, plus shorter trails, all covering a variety of terrain.
Users and supporters of the park contribute thousands of hours of volunteer hours each year to clean up and maintain the park.
Overflow parking for the April 28 ribbon cutting is available across the street at El Paso County Park headquarters. Of course, dogs are welcome at the event.