Northwest Philadelphia gets new dog park

On Saturday afternoon, canine citizens of Roxborough, and their humans, enjoyed the fresh spring weather by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official grand opening of the Roxborough Dog Park. Free goodie bags and a row of vendors welcomed dogs and their owners as they headed into the park. 

Once a vacant lot, the dog park, located at 4117-4175 Mitchell Street is a fenced-in, off-leash park that provides a clean safe environment for dogs and a fellowship for responsible dog owners in the Northwest Philadelphia area. 

Established in 2013, the Roxborough Dog Park has spent the past two years vehemently fundraising to raise support and money to clean up the vacant lot on Mitchell Street and prove to the community and area non-dog owners, that well behaved dogs have a place in our community.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Carlos Nunez, the Roxborough Dog Park president, as he prepared to cut the ribbon along side Josh Cohen, representative of Councilmen Curtis Jones’ office, at Saturday’s ceremony. “I’d like to thank all the sponsors and members who have made this dog park possible.

While the Roxborough Dog Park is not a “members only” venue, memberships are available for $10 per dog. The costs of membership ensures that the park will have the funds to stay well maintained and safe, and members are provided discounts to the park’s community sponsors such as Liberty Vet Clinic, Paws and Affection, and the Little White Dog Care. The Foodery in Roxborough has also served as sponsor for the park, hosting several fundraising events with proceeds of beer sales going towards the park. An after-party was also held at the Foodery on Saturday until 3pm.  “There’s a lot to celebrate,” said Nunez.     

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