Georgetown has become a regular member of the fashionable list of cities hosting canine residents for an event celebrating a real dog day of summer.
City pools close for the season September 2, so on September 7, dog owners can bring their best friends to the Community Center for one last day of splash pool fun 10am-noon. Parks and Recreation Director Kimberly Garrett says this annual event has grown in attendance and popularity since Mayor Ross gave it a thumbs up in 2017.
In 2018, more than 100 dogs brought their families to the party because even in late September, the water is warm enough for humans who wish to wade in with their fur-babies… up to your knees at most is recommended for everyone’s safety.
“We have several active dog parks in Georgetown, so we know we have a lot of dog lovers who enjoy getting together in a safe and happy environment,” Garrett says. “Many communities do this after the municipal (human) swim season is over to give dogs a chance for some social time with a splash. We chose the rec center pool because it has a sloped entrance that enables the dogs to walk in and out.” Still, you can see in the photos, some dogs are quite fearless about their entry into the water.
It is pure joy to see how happy they are in the swim park; on the slides, yapping at the waterfalls, and enjoying social time while staying cool.
Garrett also assures that there is no need for concern about the animals’ use of the facility. All Georgetown swim facilities begin a scheduled deep clean and servicing after Labor Day in any case.
The City invites local organizations and businesses to contribute with food, beverages, and a lot of pet-friendly booths.
With support from animal control and several vendors who provide pet products and services, the event is become a regular hit and by all accounts, is close to “the happiest place on Earth this side of Disney World.”
Canine admission is $5.00 • Humans free admission. Visit Georgetown.org for rules and waivers you can fill out ahead of time.