A trip to the park on this beautiful weekend ahead could buy dog owners more options of where to bring their pets. Plans are underway to expand Omaha's dog-friendly destinations.
Being a place to let your dog run leash-free and play with other canines, it's no wonder Hefflinger Park near North 112th Street and West Maple Road sees so much traffic, considering it's one of only two dog parks in the city.
Usually it's free to hang with the pups, but if you want to come out Saturday it will cost $10 per dog. The Spring Bark in the Park event is a way to fund needed improvements around the existing parks. Hefflinger has no shade, so they'd like to put in some shelter by summer and eventually the plan is to open more dog parks around town.
“We've found that there's just a tremendous amount of people that have dogs that need a place to exercise their dogs, so if we have more parks then it will be closer to where people live and then they can enjoy them more frequently,” says Bridget Jansen.
Bark in the Park runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Several rescue groups and vendors will be there and there will be a number of contests, including stupid pet tricks. Pet owners can get involved, too. One contest will have humans putting a spoonful of peanut butter in their mouth, then it's a contest to see which dog can lick the spoon clean the fastest.