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New dog park open in Gypsum

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GYPSUM — Gypsum Animal Hospital has opened the town's first dog park, thanks in part to a business grant from the town of Gypsum.

"We saw a need and we had the land next to the animal hospital," said Dr. Steve Sheldon, of Gypsum Animal Hospital. "Everyone wanted a park but it became a NIMBY project. We were glad to work with the town and help solve it."

Sheldon fenced in all the remaining property that he could on the 1-acre animal hospital property, located along U.S. Highway 6. Besides grass, the project also added some agility equipment, chairs and benches, landscaping, a pet watering station and, of course, a poop station/waste receptacle.

'BE COOL AND HAVE FUN'

The park is free to anyone and their dogs, but there are rules.

"We tried to keep things mellow and easy, like everything else in Colorado" Sheldon said. "Our No. 1 rule, which is stated clearly on the sign, says: 'Be Cool and Have Fun!'"

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The park is about 0.75 acres of fenced grass. Sheldon said the layout of the fencing encourages dogs to run. "A running dog is a happy dog," he said.

The park is unsupervised and does not have official hours. There are plans for an opening celebration sometime this fall.

In keeping with Gypsum Animal Hospital's philosophy of keeping things on the lighter side, rule No. 6 says "Clean up after your dog. If not, we will come to your house and poop in your yard."

"I am hoping we don't have to enforce that rule," Sheldon said. "Hiring an employee to do that may be a tough find."