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Indiana opens first bark parks in state park

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Indiana has dedicated its first bark parks in a state park.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday dedicated two dog play areas at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. A grassy 1.3-acre play area called Herrin Hill already had opened on Labor Day weekend, and the dedication ceremony also marked the opening of a second 3.5-acre play area called Platoon Run with a mix of grass and trees.

The department says a third play area called Brigade Landing is expected to open next year and offer 5 acres of woods for dogs to explore.

Users must purchase an annual pass and tag. About 200 tags have been issued already.

The department says it's unlikely to develop dog parks at other state parks.

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  • Excellent Park
    The Dog Park in Ft. Harrison State Park is well designed, has excellent facilities, and is well managed by DNR. It will be well utilized and offers real diversity for users.

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