Dog park opens in Lisbon

Above, Adriana Sanchez plays with Finn, an 8-month-old bernedoodle from Lisbon during the “Drool in the Pool” event in Lisbon on Monday. Finn is owned by John Laper, not pictured. (Photo by Katie White)

LISBON — Canines throughout the village had a fun-filled Labor Day weekend with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new dog park in Lisbon and parade through town on Saturday, and the annual “Drool in the Pool” event at the pool on Monday.

The was the third year for the annual event at the Sadie P. Van Fossan pool, which drew a variety of dog breeds and their owners for a cool dip in the shallow pool and prances through the splash pad as temperatures climbed to more than 90 degrees.

Lisbon parks and pool director Dana Blackburn said 40 dogs attended the event that raises funds for park improvements each year. It was sponsored by the Friends of Dog Village, Pool and Parks, and included raffle baskets and treats from Blackwood Pet Foods.

“Each year we have a wonderful group of people. We have responsible dog owners that bring some really fantastic pets. It’s really kind of no different than a dog park,” she said.

The event was open to the public from noon to 2:30 p.m., and a private pool party for the county dog pound animals was held from 10 to 11 a.m., with the help of the Friends of the Columbiana County Dog Pound and the county dog warden.

About 20 dogs from the pound were able to swim and play, Blackburn said.

Blackburn was the driving force behind the creation of a dog park in Lisbon, which was finished and open to the public this month. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the dog park on Saturday, with a dog parade through town afterward.

The park located at the south corner of Pritchard Avenue and Mill Street has designated areas for large breed and small breed dogs and was paid for with a $25,000 grant from the Marjorie Hartman Family Foundation of Mahoning County.

“We’ve had nothing but fantastic reviews about the dog park. We are very fortunate to receive that fantastic gift. We have to take care of it and maintain it, and the community is on board,” she said.

She went on to say that she has been pleasantly surprised to see how many people are coming from out of town to use the park.

“We have some fantastic people coming in from Wellsville and East Liverpool and surrounding areas that do not have a dog park. Those people are coming in to use our dog park and love it and are coming in and spending money in our community,” she said.