Work starts on Paws Park pet playground in Kill Devil Hills

By on May 6, 2019

The park is on the Baum tract.

Soon our furry friends will have their own playground in Kill Devil Hills. Construction is under way on the latest addition to the town’s park system.

Aptly named Paws Park, it is situated on 1.5 acres and located off Veterans Drive at Aviation Park just north of the skateboard facility. Buffered by vegetation, the park is conveniently placed near parking and restroom facilities.

The idea for the property was first discussed in the 2004 Kill Devil Hills Recreational Plan Update when the town considered purchasing land for the site.

That original idea has since developed into the park being part of the 44-acre Baum tract, which is the location for a number of governmental offices, the First Flight schools and recreational areas for public enjoyment.

The town budget for 2018-2019 appropriated $50,000 for the dog park under the capital outlay of the Buildings and Grounds Division.

Grounds Park Supervisor Ross Cipriano studied other dog park models to come up with the best design for the site. All the effort building the site, except for the fencing, has been done by the town’s Building and Grounds, and Public Works departments.

This rescued pomeranian will appear in promotions for the park.

Paws Park will have three separate areas for dogs based on size and age. One section will be for small dogs, another for older dogs, and the third for all others. The areas are partitioned by fences but are large enough for running and enjoying multiple amenities, including weaving sticks, stairs, ramps, and jumping hoops. The property also includes picnic tables, benches and three pergolas.

The park has its own mascot, an adorable pomeranian, yet to be named, but recently rescued. The mascot will act as an ambassador for the park and be featured in several public service videos.

Entrance to the park is free and open to the public. All dogs using the facility must be wearing a collar that displays a valid license and rabies tag.

“We are happy to make the town more pet friendly,” said town Commissioner John Windley.

The park is set to have its grand opening sometime in May.

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