Splash Bark to offer fun for pets, people


Cyndie Taylor and her daughter Karsyn Taylor, 4, laugh as their 1-year-old English bulldog Buff receives a blast of water from a fountain on Sept. 19, 2016, during the inaugural Splash Bark event at Sunset Park's spray park.


Staff Writer

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dogs and their humans are invited to a special event Sunday at Sunset Park.

Canines will be able to take a trip on the train, ride around in circles on the carousel and wade through the waters at Sunset Spray Park as part of the Splash Bark.

The 2-5 p.m. event will also feature the End-of-Summer Doggie Swimsuit Competition so man's best friend can show off their beautiful fur coats.

The event continues to build on the success of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation's Paws in the Park and Best Friend’s Dog Park, said Alex Langley, the city's athletic supervisor and event organizer.

“Last year, we had over 100 dogs and owners come out for the event utilizing nothing but social media marketing,” Langley said. “Now in our second year, with some increased marketing and the addition of what should be an extremely entertaining swimsuit competition for dogs, we feel we can easily double or triple attendance this year. It should be a wonderful event.”

Dogs and their owners will need to enter through the concessions building. Proof of rabies vaccination will be required upon entry. Dogs will be allowed to go off-leash in the spray park area only. In all other areas, a leash will be necessary, Langley said.

Various edible treats for dogs and their owners will be available for purchase.

A few rules to keep in mind while enjoying the day at the park:

■ No dogs younger than 6 months;

■ Spray pad is for dogs only, no kids or outside dog toys;

■ Spray area is off leash, in all other areas dogs must be on a leash;

■ Pick-up bags will be on hand for cleanup after pets;

■ No dogs are to be left unattended;

■ All the same rules apply as Dog Park and city ordinances.

For more information contact Langley at 252-972-1162.