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Get ready to unleash some fun as the City of Colorado Springs celebrates the grand opening of the paw-some new dog park in downtown with a ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m.

A part of the Downtown Historic Parks Master Plan, Antlers Dog Park includes two separate play areas — one for small dogs and another for larger dogs — and features a large fence with double gates, synthetic turf, a sitting area, play amenities and a dog water station.

In collaboration with the City of Colorado Springs Office of Accessibility, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services designed a space that would be inclusive for all members of the community. With accessible pathways, synthetic turf and amenities, Antlers Dog Park is ADA compliant and provides a safe and fun environment for all abilities. The Office of Accessibility also worked with Parking Enterprise to create two accessible on-street parking stalls at the entrance to the dog park.  

“We are excited for the new Antlers Dog Park and the many benefits it will provide to the Colorado Springs community,” said David Deitemeyer, Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Senior Program Administrator. “We are dedicated to ensuring that all members of our community have equal access to our parks, and this project is a shining example of that commitment.”  

“By making the dog park accessible to individuals with disabilities, we are creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone,” said Tim Hartong, City of Colorado Springs accessibility projects manager. “This new amenity benefits the community by providing a space where pet owners of all abilities can come together, socialize and enjoy the outdoors with their beloved companions.”

The ribbon cutting celebration is free and open to the public and will include giveaways from Downtown Partnership and Pikes Peak State College (while supplies last). Dogs are encouraged to attend but must remain on leash unless inside the dog park fencing. 

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