Canandaigua Canine Campus dog park set for a soft opening Nov. 21

CANANDAIGUA — Years in the making, the Canandaigua Canine Campus dog park will be opening soon.

The city-owned and managed dog park at 97 Buffalo St. will have a soft opening at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony planned in the spring.

Canandaigua City Manager John Goodwin said the town of Canandaigua jointly funded the construction of the park with the city — both contributing $30,000 apiece — along with funds raised by the Friends of the Canandaigua Canine Campus dog owners’ group.

“The city and town of Canandaigua have been working on several joint projects for the betterment of the Canandaigua community and the dog park is a great example,” Goodwin said.

The approximately two-acre off-leash park offers a completely fenced space for healthy socialized dogs and their owners to gather. The park features secure access gates, separate play yards for small and large dogs, water stations, benches, parking area and a pet memorial rock garden, the centerpiece of an outdoor lobby.

Not all of the amenities will be installed by the opening but the park will be fully functional, according to Nancy McCarthy, who founded the citizens group that pushed for years for the opening of a dog park.

“Our singular mission has been to help establish and support a membership dog park here where dogs may safely play and exercise off-leash,” McCarthy said. “On Nov. 21, thanks to the passion, advocacy and ‘dogged' persistence of our group, we will have accomplished this hard-won objective.”

Membership fees are annual, not prorated, and run in the calendar year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

“Because we are opening before 2019, dog owners who register in November will essentially get more than a month of free use,” said Recreation Supervisor Heather Krebs.

Prices for city and town residents and non-residents, plus senior and military discounts, are noted on the city’s website. Fees help underwrite operating costs including key cards and collar tags, which are issued each year upon preregistration. 

To register

Canandaigua Canine Campus, or CCC, is a membership dog park and registration is required to access the park. Preregistration begins Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the City Recreation Office at City Hall, 2 N. Main St., Second Floor Atrium. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit prior to arrival to download registration paperwork and bring the appropriate documentation when registering.