There was a lot of celebratory barking at Red Mountain Park on Saturday, August 30, as VIPs and volunteers got a sneak peek at Remy’s Dog Park. (It was the latest to be granted, though probably one of the largest; AL.com accompanied Pig to a sneak preview of the park in early August.) The space will open to the public this coming Saturday at 8 a.m., with an official ribbon cutting taking place at 11 a.m. featuring remarks from local auctioneer and philanthropist Ken Jackson (that’s the guy you see in the GIF accompanying this post talking to attendees) and Birmingham Mayor William Bell.
Last summer Jackson contributed $200,000 (via a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham) towards construction of the 6-acre dog park. It is named for his late Jack Russell-Shih Tzu mix and has designated areas for large, small, and special needs dogs. Park officials report more than 750 volunteer hours have been contributed towards getting the land cleared for the installation.
The park will open at 9 a.m. on September 6, with the ribbon cutting taking place at 11 a.m. Click here to view an image of the sign that goes over the park’s rules. The park will be closed to the public on Wednesday mornings in order to perform maintenance and repairs. There are several naming opportunities still available throughout the space, including pet waste stations (20 @ $2,500 each) and one of the three unclaimed for a pavilion (@ $25,000 each).