South Bricklyn Dog Park Opens

Rowlf the Dog Emcees Opening Day Ceremony

October 7, 2023

Bricklyn Eagle Masthead

by David Plater Blue, Metro Desk Reporter

Opening day at the South Bricklyn dog park. Back row from left to right: Bill B. Butler (Federal Councilor), Rowlf the Dog, Janet Tiler Johnson (President of PawPlay), and Hilma Plater-Zybrick (Federal Council President). In front with brown hair: dog trainer Peggy B. Williams.

On Monday, April 10th, the South Bricklyn Dog Park opened its gate to a crowd of dogs and their people. South Bricklynites were honored by the presence of legendary Muppet star, Rowlf the Dog, who emceed the event.

Rowlf also pleased those attending by reading — to many woofs of delight — doggerel penned for the occasion by Bricklyn’s aspiring poet (and Editor of this newspaper), Walt Brickman.

South Bricklyn Federal Council Representative Bill B. Butler applauded the efforts of PawPlay, the citizens group behind the multi-year effort to open South Bricklyn’s first dog park. As Butler said, “PawPlay’s members opened my eyes to see that our dogs deserved a safe place of their own to meet up, get to know each other, and just have some dog-gone fun.” Butler also thanked the volunteers at PawPlay “who kept the cost of the park down by helping with fencing the site and installing some of the play equipment.”

Bricklyn horse riders look on at Dog Park opening ceremony. Some of the circular play equipment donated by Tiler Broffman can be seen.

Janet Tiler Johnson, President of PawPlay, gave kudos to the citizens of South Bricklyn for their support in calling on the Federal Council to provide 700 CuDos to cover the cost of purchasing the land used for the park.

The play equipment was donated by Dave Tiler Broffman, CEO of Dunk Them Donuts, the Bricklyn-based donut distribution company. The nearby Dunk Them Donuts shop is expected to be kept busy providing coffee and donuts to dog owners watching their pooches at play! ✥

Photo from Bricklyn Eagle archives of Dave Tiler Broffman in his BrickCoupe.

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