The story of the RF Jones Memorial Dog Park. Where we started and where we're headed...
For almost two decades, the idea of a dog park in Tiverton has been discussed amongst the community, but the obstacles of finding the right space, raising the funds and finding dedicated volunteers seemed insurmountable.
Upon the passing of Tiverton’s beloved Animal Control Officer, Mr. Raymond F. Jones in 2019, the timing to move forward with our vision became a priority. Naming the future dog park after Mr. Jones seemed a fitting tribute for his years of service and provided added motivation to move from the idea phase to the planning phase.
An available plot of land adjacent to the Tiverton Town Library was proposed as a potential location and the Town Council agreed. Generous local businesses and citizens began to donate money for the building of the Dog Park and a planning committee of volunteers was assembled that would work tirelessly to add this much needed amenity to our community.
The challenges presented by the global pandemic definitely threw a wrench into best laid plans for the park's completion, but our committee and numerous volunteers have persevered through supply and labor shortages, and our park welcomed its first guests on June 5, 2022!
We're mighty proud of how we've created a space for four legged and two legged friends to relax and play. If you don't mind occasional barking, doggie kisses, and sometimes navigating zooming pups at play, a la "The Matrix", come by in some comfy clothes, sit awhile, and enjoy watching the action from our beautiful custom-made benches under a canopy of trees in a most rustic setting, befitting of Tiverton! We think Mr. Jones would be proud.
Officer Raymond F. Jones