Executive - Press Release

Posted on: July 17, 2015

County Executive Gordon holds Grand Reopening of Bark Park for Dogs at Carousel

PIKE CREEK, Del. – New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon's bark park grand reopening last Saturday at Carousel Park & Equestrian Center drew several people eager to view the overhauled amenities available for their dogs.

There were treats for dogs, barbecue and refreshments for people, on-site adoptions from the Delaware Humane Association, a pet first aid and CPR demonstration, and a visit from the New Castle County Police K9 Unit.

"This is the most beautiful land in Delaware. This park has served the 65,000 residents of Pike Creek and other county residents well,” County Executive Gordon said. “This newly revamped bark park will do a better job serving dogs and their owners as well."

County Executive Gordon thanked the Department of Special Services, led by Acting General Manager Wayne Merritt, and the New Castle County Conservation District for working together to clean up the bark park at Carousel and give it a much-needed overhaul.

“Wayne and his staff, including Property Manager Paul Johnson, did an excellent job of working with the Conservation District to make this bark park an outstanding recreational area for pets and pet owners,” he said. “I also want to thank Governor Jack Markell for bestowing upon the county the Urban Conservation Award last spring in recognition of our efforts at Carousel. The bark park and the pond are cleaner and safer now.”

All of the fish hooks have been removed from the pond, there are now concrete ramps allowing easier entry and exit for dogs swimming, and improved landscaping, among other things, at the bark park at Carousel.

Admission is to Saturday’s event is free. The best entrance for participants to use is across from 3100 Skyline Drive. Please visit nccde.org/carousel for more details.

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