Dogs Run Leash Free at the Hannah Daye Ridling Bark Park in Montgomery


By Heather VacLav

Dogs have been sitting and staying patiently for two years, but the wait is over, the Hannah Daye Ridling Bark Park is open at Montgomery's Blount Cultural Park.


Bark Park allows the two-leggers to take the leash off of their four leggers to run free across the five acre area off of Vaughn Road.

"He can do what he wants to do and it's great that they separated the smaller dogs from the big dogs," said Montgomery dogowner Bryan Torrado, referring to the two spaces for each dog size.

"We have been driving by every day checking on it and it's finally here," said Phyllis Campbell, "The dogs finally get a place to run and they need to do that, they get tired of being on leashes."

A joint effort between the city of Montgomery and the Montgomery Humane Society, Bark Park is complete with dog wash stations, drinking fountains, gazebos, doggy waste baskets and of course fire hydrants.

But the dog park is more than a space for pups, it's a living memorial for 16-year old Hannah Daye Ridling, an animal lover in the community who died in May 2010 after a traffic accident. Her parents, Jim and Cathy Ridling were honored at the opening ceremony and dedication.

"It's the reason it didnt rain, she blew the cover off the sign at the exact right moment, and yeah she's here, she's very proud," Jim Ridling said.

Hannah's parents and the community feel that her passion for animals lives on in the park.

"Your worst fear is that people will forget that your child lived and this is such a wonderful way to remember her," Cathy Ridling said. "This is what felt important to her, the love of animals, and that everybody can share in that and think of her."

Bark Park is free and will be open to the public seven days a week.



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