Years of planning, developing and talks amongst the public have finally come to fruition as East Bay Dog Park was opened to the public on Wednesday, Feb 12.

Georgetown citizens and their furry companions gathered at East Bay Park to be able to be one of the first few people to have their dogs in the new dog park. Former Georgetown mayor Jack Scoville tried for many years to get the city to build the park for dog owners but the project t fell through every time.

However, things changed.

“We made a big push this past budget year. We made the commitment to get this done because it’s just added value to all of us who have dogs as companions” Mayor Brendan Barber said. “It’s an added commodity and asset for the community.”

In October 2019, the City of Georgetown approved a $26,745 contract with Waccamaw Landscaping &Construction for the installation of fencing and irrigation of the dog park. While the original bid was $37,200, the cost was lowered when the company agreed to use residential grade fencing instead of commercial grade.

The dog park is around 18,000 square feet and divided into two sections, one for small dogs, fewer than 35 pounds in weight, and the other for bigger dogs, over 35 pounds. The work includes general conditions, black vinyl coated chain link fence, irrigation, and two concrete bench pads.

Dog owners voiced their contentment with the dog park like John Sasso who said that he loves the dog park and called it a “wonderful place” to bring your dogs.

Volunteer Coordinator Regina Paschal of St. Francis Animal Shelter thinks that having the park is great for the people and their shelter to take dogs.

“We think it’s wonderful in the community because we have a lot of animals in the shelter that would go out with our volunteer and now they have a place to take them that’s safe and gated” she said.

She said that the shelter is planning to have upcoming functions in the park for the community.