Sunday, September 1, 2013
Tour historic Mesquite with four-legged friends at city’s Bark in Park
The event takes place at Opal Lawrence Historical Park on September 28.
MESQUITE Historic Mesquite Inc. is giving animal lovers a chance to tour the Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St., from 9 a.m. to noon on September 28, as the park will host Bark in the Park.
"This is the second year we are doing a canine event. Last year we held the event in July, and it was way too hot," said Sandy LaClave, Bark in the Park event chair. "We hope everyone that comes to the event will learn something about the city's history they didn't know before."
LaClave said the board decided this year to move the event to late September when the weather would be cooler and to add a 1K walk to the event.
"There are a number of animal lovers on our board, and this is not something we had previously seen done in Mesquite," LaClave said. "We learned a lot from the first year, the main thing being July is too hot for both the dogs and people to be outside."
The 1K event will allow both the dog owners and the animals a chance to tour the entire property while getting some exercise.
"We felt it was a good way to get people to see the entire property," LaClave said.
Historic Mesquite started the event to provide an opportunity for dog owners to come and check out Opal Lawrence with their animals.
"We were doing events last year for the city's quasquicentennial and decided to do this event. One of our missions is to educate people about the history of the city of Mesquite, and we thought this would be a unique way to do it," LaClave said. "This event gets people exposed to the city's history."
There are informational booths, giveaways, and tours of the park and house, and adopt-a-pet activities are planned. Jennifer Jordan Photography will be taking pictures during the event. There are still open spots available for vendors. Interested vendors can contact Historic Mesquite Inc. at 972-216-6468 or Sandy LaClave at Sandra.email@example.com.
"We plan lots of fun activities for dogs and their humans alike," LaClave said in a release about the event.
Admission for the event is free, but all dog owners must present their pets' current shot records at the gate to gain entrance into the park. There will be contest registration forms available on the Historic Mesquite website, www.cityofmesquite.com/hmi, prior to the event.
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