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Central Bark, the city of Naples dog park, to open in February

A dog-breathed bride is no surprise at Pets on Third. The show is to go on at the 3rd annual parade and costume contest on Third Avenue South in Naples at 1 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the event are to go to the city of Naples dog park, Central Bark, which is scheduled to open in February.

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A dog-breathed bride is no surprise at Pets on Third. The show is to go on at the 3rd annual parade and costume contest on Third Avenue South in Naples at 1 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the event are to go to the city of Naples dog park, Central Bark, which is scheduled to open in February.

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  • Central Bark, the city of Naples Dog Park, is scheduled to open by the end of February. Donations paid for the approximate $250,000 park and fundraising events such as Pets on Third scheduled 1 p.m. Sunday are to continue paying for operations.
  • Taxpayers won't have to pony up thanks to contestants vying for one of four costume contest categories in the Pets on Third event scheduled 1 p.m. Sunday on Third Street South in Naples that is to benefit the new city of Naples dog park, dubbed Central Bark. The park is to open in February.
  • The Naples Dog Park, design courtesy of MHK Architecture and Planning, will include two separate off-leash dog areas. The 1-acre southern section will be for large dogs while the northern .35 acres will be dedicated to small dogs. The shade structure that will include benches, drinking fountains for people and dogs as well a picnic areas.  There will be approximately 43 parking spaces to the north, a sidewalk connection to the greenway and a place for public art. The fencing will be adorned with lush landscaping.  The off-the-leash areas will be a combination of mulch and a grassy circumference for running. Photo from Naples Dog Park website, mhkap.com
  • City of Naples Dog Park, dubbed Central Bark, remains under construction but is to open in late February without user fees as long as donations and fundraisers continue to cover operational expenses. The park, located on Goodlette-Frank Road near Central Avenue in the city government complex, cost about $250,000 to build and was paid for by donations.
  • A dog-breathed bride is no surprise at Pets on Third. The show is to go on at the 3rd annual parade and costume contest on Third Avenue South in Naples at 1 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the event are to go to the city of Naples dog park, Central Bark, which is scheduled to open in February.
  • The main structures are complete at Central Bark, the city of Naples Dog Park, located in the city's Government Services Complex on Goodlette-Frank Road across from Central Avenue. The off-leash dog runs for large and small dogs are scheduled to open near the end of February, officials said.
  • The Third Annual Pets on Third, which includes a pet parade and costume contest, is scheduled 1 p.m. Sunday. Hot dogs were among the contestants at a previous event. Costumed pets and their potentially costumed owners will vie for best dog and owner costumes; best theme, which is pets in paradise; best look-alike pet and owner; most original.
  • Construction began in the fall of 2010 on the City of Naples Dog Park and it is scheduled to be complete by the end of February. The park, located on Goodlette-Frank Road near Central Avenue in the city government complex, cost about $250,000 to build and was paid for by donations only.
  • Rendering of Central Bark, Naples dog park proposed for Riverside Circle near the intersection of Central Avenue and Goodlette-Frank Road.

Central Bark, the city of Naples dog park, is to open in February without tax dollars spent or user fees charged thanks to donations and events such as Pets on Third scheduled to begin 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011.

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