EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Eau Gallie Pieloch Dog Park Official ‘Leash Cutting’ Set Saturday, May 30
By Space Coast Daily // May 29, 2020
will feature Central Florida's first doggie splash pad with 12 randomly operating spraying jets
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The much-awaited Eau Gallie Pieloch Dog Park is set to open on Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m. The official “leash cutting” will open Melbourne’s second “off-leash” dog park located at 1550 Mosswood Drive.
This park will feature Central Florida’s first “doggie” splash pad which includes twelve randomly operating spraying jets. Also, the park features spraying fire hydrants, agility jumps, mounds, and Fido’s Fort, an interactive tunnel system. There are two sections, one for small and large dogs.
The dog parks are projects initiated and designed by Melbourne Vice Mayor Paul Alfrey, a retired Melbourne Police Canine Officer and John Casey, the former chairman of the BCSO Pet Posse committee.
Both Alfrey and Casey have personally put in hundreds of volunteers hours building the dog parks and over the last six months had the assistance of hundreds of volunteers. who worked over the last six months to build the park with the help of several community partners who funded the park.
The park is named after the park’s largest donors Mark and Tetiana Pieloch, local philanthropists and owners of the American Muscle Car Museum.
Also providing funding for the park was the Space Coast Association of Realtors who provided manpower through volunteers, in addition, to grant funding from the National Association of Realtors. Other vendors including Lowes Home Improvement and American Recycled Plastic offered discounted materials and supplies.
“Like when we built the first dog park there was a serious commitment to use recycled materials in this park” said Vice Mayor Alfrey.
“All of the large tires and paint are recycled materials from a local business Glenn’s Tire and the Brevard County Landfill. The concrete slabs that make-up Fido’s Fort are recycled from an old tennis court and all chairs, benches and signage are recycled from approximately seventy thousand plastic jugs and bottles”
The “doggie” splash pad was built by local volunteer contractors Hydro Plumbing, Kangaroo Electric and D Bell General Contracting. Vice Mayor Alfrey, also a certified contractor, worked with his fellow contractors to build something special for the community.
“We test-fired the splash pad the other day and the test dog didn’t want to leave” said Alfrey. “The end park product speaks for itself, another amazing community build projects utilizing an area of a park that wasn’t being used.”
There is no cost to use the new park and it will be open from sunrise to sunset. The City will maintain the park and all dog owners are responsible for their pets and to have up to date vaccinations.
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