Dogs’ day at the Canandaigua Canine Campus

Two-year-old golden retriever Bailey is living large, thanks in part to Canandaigua Canine Campus on Buffalo Street.

Bailey and her family live right around the corner from the new dog park, which opened officially Saturday with a formal ribbon cutting on National Dog Park Day.

“Bailey needs a place to run free,” said Karen Hall, as she watched her big dog romp with the energy of a puppy inside the wide open play space. “It’s so important for her and it’s great exercise for us too. We take a walk here and then take her off leash to run.”

One of the added bonuses of the dog park membership is chatting with other dog lovers, Hall said.

“It’s fun, we’ve met so many people here from the community just talking, and see so many we already know,” she said.

The amenities appear to be spot on for canines and their owners.

“It’s beautiful — they’ve thought about everything,” said Hall. “The double entrance (transitional space) is so important. We’ve been to other dog parks and Bailey has gotten let out by accident. Every little feature — the rock garden, the place to hose her off — it’s just so nice having something like this in our community.”

Mayor Ellen Polimeni headed the Saturday ribbon-cutting ceremony that included CCC supporters, dog lovers, city councilmembers and area businesses.

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