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Man's best friend has place to play in Carnegie Park

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Randy Jarosz | For The Signal Item
Ray Charley of Carnegie and his 8-year-old Collie Jeremiah are greeted by other dogs as they enter Carnegie dog park at Carnegie Park on opening day May 1.
Randy Jarosz | For The Signal Item
Cathy Boyd of Carnegie watches as Oliver, 1, goes in for a tennis ball on the opening day of Carnegie dog park May 1.
Randy Jarosz | For The Signal Item
Cree, a 5-year-old Puggle, latches onto Heidi Perenyi of Carnegie on the opening day of Carnegie dog park May 1.
Randy Jarosz | For The Signal Item
Ralph Ferra of Scott Township pets his 2-year-old boxer/rottweiler Lola during the opening day of Carnegie dog park May 1.

The newest addition to the Carnegie Park landscape comes well before the dog days of summer.

The Carnegie Dog Park officially opened May 1 to both humans and their four-footed friends.

“This is going to be a regional dog park, I think,” said Carnegie's big dog, Mayor Jack Kobistek. “People will be coming from all over.”

The idea for the park's new perk for pups came from a Carnegie Park plan that residents designed several years ago. The first phase of the plan, Kobistek said, included a dog park. The borough received a grant to use for park purposes, some of which was used to build the dog park.

He said his office had been fielding calls about when the park would open.

“This was really exciting to residents,” he said.

The dog park consists of a fenced-in area just inside the entrance of Carnegie Park. Benches are available for visitors, and canines can frolic through the gravel, grass and sapling trees. All areas of the park are open from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Carnegie public works crews built the park. Crews said two growing seasons would be needed for the grass to be able to sustain foot traffic, and while that should have put opening day in the middle of June, the recent mild weather allowed the area to open sooner.

Dog owners and their pets are enjoying the park's addition.

“So far, so good,” said Regina Sykes of Carnegie, who brought her two pooches out. She lives within walking distance of Carnegie Park, she said, so the dog park is a new bonus for her, and in close proximity.

“We've gone to South Park and a couple of others,” she said, “but I'm from Carnegie, so we were excited for this one to open.”

Amanda Schaefers and Jason Notaro took their corgi, Backup, to enjoy the afternoon.

“I've lived here my whole life,” Notaro said of Carnegie. “Where do you take your dog? Now, we have somewhere.”

Kobistek said area dog owners walked their dogs in the park before, which gave the dog park an eager audience before it was even completed.

“They were doing that for years,” he said. “And I think this dog park will at least give them an avenue where they can let their dog off the leash.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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