PAWS Park Is a Hit with Campus Canines

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With a 17-acre Wildlife Preserve and 134 acres of tree-lined paths and sidewalks, Asbury is one dog-friendly retirement community. Now, thanks to the efforts of residents and the Asbury Foundation, there’s a place where they can play off-leash.

The campus’s quarter-acre dog park opened in October 2017, boasting shady spaces, a doggy water fountain, and plenty of fenced-in space for dogs to run, sniff, and make new friends. See photos of Asbury's dog park below.

The park grew out of Asbury Methodist Village’s dog club, which began meeting at the end of 2016 to discuss suitable spots on campus and researching best practices. Less than one year later the Pet Activity & Wellness Site, or PAWS, became a reality. On a beautiful fall day, campus dog-owners came out to inaugurate the new park at a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“It’s great to have a place where we can play fetch with our dogs," says dog club member Linda Davis. " PAWS brings important social and exercise benefits to people and pets.”


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