Revamped Dog Park welcomes all wagging tails

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  • By Senior Airman Kathy Duran
  • 71st Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Excitement, and wagging tails, filled the air as Vance Air Force Base residents and their four-legged friends celebrated the grand re-opening of the base's dog park, May 22, 2024.

The newly enhanced park, a haven for dogs and their owners, now offers features designed to provide fun and comfort for guests.

A highlight of the reopening was the addition of an underground water system, providing fresh clean water to keep the dogs hydrated as they play.

Tina Kroll, the resident service specialist for Vance’s Hunt Housing, said there is now a water bowl that is self service so when dogs go to drink from it, they get fresh water.” 

The Hunt Housing staff greeted the dogs with pup cups, abundant pats and attention, creating a festive atmosphere with wagging tails and joyful barks echoing throughout the park.

The dog park is available to the entire Vance Family Housing community, providing a convenient, safe space for dogs to exercise and socialize. 

“The base dog park has been a great way for my pups to meet other dogs and have so much fun,” said Senior Airman Cristina Mejia, a 71st Flying Training Wing religious affairs Airman. “The fact that it is within walking distance is great because Rosie gets carsick, so we don't go on many drives with her.”

There are toys, two obstacle courses and separate sections for different sizes and temperaments of dogs.

The enhancements reflect a commitment to the well-being and happiness of the pets, reinforcing the strong sense of community at Vance Air Force Base, said Kroll.

The dog park demonstrates a commitment to the pets' welfare, said Kroll. The dog park improvements are a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation to the Vance Housing residents, she said.