Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2007

Furry friend day set for Monday

August 30, 2007

Visitors the Eudora Aquatic Center Monday will learn how to really do the dog paddle.

That's because after normal operating hours, the city is allowing man's best friend to try out the water for "Furry Friend Day." The dogs will be able to swim from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

It's been a success in other city's, Eudora Parks and Recreation director Tammy Hodges said. There will be a $5 per dog admission fee that will benefit the humane society, Hodges said.

"It's going to a good cause," she said.

The department's goal is to bring at least 10 dogs, Hodges said.

"This will be the first time we're going to run it here," Hodges said. "We'll just see what happens and if we're going to get any interest or not."

Dogs will have the opportunity to do more than just swim laps around the water.

The recreation department has several contests planned for the event, including costume challenges like beachwear and a look-a-like event, Hodges said.

"I think the beachwear contest is going to be pretty fun because you're going to see a lot of people and their creativity," she said.

There will also be pool-based contests like biggest splash or cutest trick, Hodges said.

"We're going to go around and look at them all and hopefully we'll get some representation," Hodges said.

Lifeguards and recreation department staff will most likely be the judges, Hodges said.

"Everybody will walk away with a doggy bag."

There are a few requirements that must be met before the family dog can jump in the pool. The dog has to have up-to-date immunizations.

Temperament is also important, Hodges said.

"It's important the dogs are other dog friendly, just because there's going to be a whole bunch of other dogs," Hodges said. "You just need to make sure they can relate to each other."

The owners will be responsible for their pets, Hodges said.

The event will mark the last big event for the pool before workers begin winterization procedures.

The break allows the department to focus on construction of the city's recreation center.

Busy construction schedules elsewhere have drawn contractors away from the project, but Hodges said the pace will be picked up soon.

"We're just playing the waiting game again," she said.

The center, approved as part of a $3.8 million bond referendum in August 2006, will feature a meeting area, weight room and regulation-sized gym.

Hodges said the building was about 60 percent finished. The grand opening is still months away, but work on the outside could be done sooner, she said.

Workers are predicting the front part of the building could be done by mid-September, Hodges said.

The gymnasium itself is still three to four weeks behind. Hodges expected an opening by mid-November, she said.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 542-1725.

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