City officials will celebrate the grand opening of a new dog park at Renziehausen Park on Saturday with a "leash-cutting" ceremony at 10 a.m.
Vendors with refreshments, dog licensing information and other items also will be available during the celebration scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new facility, located near the Sulphur Springs access road, off Eden Park Boulevard at Palm Street.
The dog park's opening also will coincide with the first day of this summer's Renzie Farmers' Market, located behind No. 2 Fire Station.
The dog park includes two separate enclosed areas for dogs to play, depending on their size, as well as a third enclosed area that will be open during maintenance of the other two areas, said a spokeswoman for McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko.
Construction was funded by a $200,000 grant from the Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund and contributions from the city, she said.
“The dog park is a wonderful addition to Renziehausen Park, as we continue to improve this asset and make it a destination point for park-goers of all ages and all lifestyles from across our region,” Cherepko said in a prepared statement.
“This facility will be open during park hours for area residents to bring their dogs to an environment where they can run safely in an enclosed area for exercise and enrichment,” he said.
The dog park was constructed by city crews in a relatively new portion of Renziehausen Park on the so-called "Palkovitz property," a 27-acre parcel that was acquired by the city in 2009 in lieu of unpaid back taxes.
Future plans include linking the dog park to Renzie’s existing walking trail and eventually to the Great Allegheny Passage in other parts of the city.
“I was very happy to be able to secure funding for the dog park in Renziehausen Park,” state Sen. Jim Brewster said in a prepared statement. “This is an exciting new addition that will add to the quality of life in our area. The dog park is one more way area residents can spend time outdoors and enjoy the facility.”
Over the past several years, city officials have worked with the Allegheny Regional Asset District, which is funded by the county's 1 percent sales tax, to renovate each of Renzie's picnic pavilions, install a spray park and improve the Jakomas Blue-Top Pavilion.
In addition, in 2014, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Highmark funded construction of a dek-hockey rink near University Drive.
Parking for Saturday's grand opening of the dog park will be available behind Fire Station No. 2 and in the gravel lot near Sulphur Springs ballfield, the spokeswoman said.
Originally published June 13, 2019.