Lancaster’s Dream Dog Park opens its gates

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Lancaster’s newest park is going straight to the dogs. The city’s much-anticipated, half-million dollar dog park inside Buchanan Park is now open to pooches of all shapes and sizes and their two-legged friends.

Hundreds of dogs and their owners came out to enjoy the amusement park-themed dog park, when it was unveiled to the public Tuesday morning.

Angela Bauman, of Lancaster, inspired by her own dog Beau, came up with the idea. Her submission ended up winning Beneful’s Dream Dog Park contest for the $500,000 park makeover.

“I’m so excited for the community to finally be able to see the dream dog park come to life and it’s definitely more than I ever imagined it would be,” she said.

The park includes specially designed splash pads for big and little dogs, a 40-foot long roller coaster bridge, and a one-of-a-kind “Tree of Dreams” that shoots out tennis balls.

“I can’t be happier with how it turned out,” said Jason Cameron, contractor and contest judge. “You cannot be a dog and come into this park and not love, not love it.”

Toby, a four-year-old golden retriever from Peach Bottom, couldn’t agree more.

“He’s a little overwhelmed, not sure what he wants to do right now,” said Annemarie Anderson, Toby’s owner. “He’s having fun though.”

Bauman and Beau are planning to enjoy the park for a long time.

“I can’t wait to make more memories here, for years to come with other dogs and their owners and I just want to keep it exactly how it is and it’s perfect,” Bauman said.

Beneful’s 2013 Dream Dog Park contest is officially underway, to enter, click here.