Even after receiving good reviews from pet owners, the newest dog park in Asheville still isn’t drawing large crowds. On Saturday, December 22nd, not even half of the 140,000 ft.2 Azalea Dog Park was being utilized. Finished last summer, the Park is on Azalea Road by the Swannanoa River. The Park has two fenced-in areas, one for small dogs and the other for larger canines.
The Azalea Park is the second dog park in Asheville, with the first being the French Broad River Dog Park, located just off of Amboy Road on Asheville’s West side. The Park is open every day between 7:30-8:00am, and closes one hour before dark. All dog owners are to clean up after their pets and keep them on leashes unless they are inside one of the fenced areas. Aggressive animals’ owners are urged to retreat from the park with their pets immediately.
Even though the number of attendees is not up to the Parks & Recreation Department’s expectations, the assistant director of Asheville’s Parks and Recreation Department, Debbie Ivester, is not concerned:
“Because it’s so new, not everybody has heard about it yet,” she said. “We have a few ways to get the word out, and people are going to be picking up on it more and more.”