Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dogs rule the pool at the Pooch Pool Party!

Dog owners looking for a fun new way to socialize with their pets can treat their furry friends to a dip in Stewart Heights Pool in Tacoma, Wash. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2010.

Following the end of the swimming season, four-legged friends will have the opportunity to paddle around with other dogs, lunge through the Lazy River and splash in the sprayground.

The shallow end of the pool has a zero depth entry where the pool bottom slopes like a beach providing easy access in and out of the water. The maximum depth of the pool is 4 feet, 3 inches.

The Pool Party will feature two pool sessions: 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to romping in the water, dogs and their owners can visit the vendor fair in the park next to the pool. This dry land fun includes contests and games for dogs, doggercise demonstrations and dog-related vendor and agency booths.

The vendor fair will run continuously from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so visitors can come for the morning pool party and stay after for fun and games in the park, or come early to the park and then take the plunge during the afternoon pool session. Either way, it's a day full of fun for dogs and their people!

Stewart Heights’ last day for public swimming is Monday, September 6. Later that week Metro Parks’ staff will turn off the pool chemicals in preparation for furry visitors. After the Pooch Pool Party the pool will be drained, cleaned and closed for the winter.

“The pool party provides dog owners and their pets a unique experience after the pool closes for the season. It’s great to be able to put this park asset to a different use before it’s drained and cleaned for the winter,” remarked Jim Biles, Aquatics Supervisor.

Admission is limited to two dogs per person. Entry fee is $7 for the first dog, $5 for the second dog. Humans are admitted free of charge. Entry may be limited if pool reaches capacity.

Participants are encouraged to bring unopened pet food to the event for donation to the Dugan Foundation to support their work establishing Pierce County as a no-kill community.

Stewart Heights Pool is located at 402 E 56th St. For more information call 253.591.2042 or visit www.StewartHeightsPool.com.

Check out photos from the 2009 Pooch Pool Party here.


Benny and Lily said...

Cool...wish I had a pool right now
Benny & Lily

Red Slice said...

Many of your links are broken on your website (Advertise, events) and I'm looking to find the email address for the editor. Would you have that? Thanks,
Maria Ross

Anonymous said...

That's a great event, and not just because it's a good way to keep cool. Swimming is great exercise for dogs with hip dysplasia and other orthopedic conditions, helping them to build core strength without putting further strain on their joint and helping to control their weight. And dogs love it!
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