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“Yappy Hour” coming to Sun Splash Saturday

By Staff | Sep 30, 2010

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Sun Splash is set to host its first ever “Yappy Hour” this weekend, giving dogs the chance to enjoy some of the park amenities usually reserved for humans.
Dogs will get to splash and play in the Tot Spot and Family Pool areas before everything is drained and shut down for the season.
Park Manager Sandie Greiner said the idea came from other water parks that hold similar events when their season is winding down.
“I said that looks like a great idea, let’s do it,” she said.
The cost is $7 per dog, and free for humans.
The catch is that no humans are allowed to swim or use any of the Sun
Splash slides, though Greiner did say they will be allowed to wade in after their dogs if needed.
She also said that three vendors are expected at the event — The Cape Dog Bakery, Pet Supermarket and Dog Watch — but if this year is successful, that list could grow next year.
She said she would be happy if 100 dogs and their owners showed up, but she’s getting the feeling that it could be more.
Already looking ahead to next year, Greiner said “Yappy Hour” could become a staple at Sun Splash Family Water Park.
“Maybe next year we’ll be able to sell vendors spots … but we’re not looking to make a lot of money, just do something for the community before we drain the pools,” she said.
Some refreshments will be available for sale.
All dogs must have proof of current vaccinations and a completed registration form to be admitted to Sun Splash, according to a press release.
Parking is free.
Dog registration forms with guidelines for participation can be picked up in the Administration Building at Sun Splash, the Parks and Recreation Counter in City Hall or at Wagging Tails Dog Park at Rotary Park.
For more information, call 574-0558.