Residents, longtime friends, dogs and Pembroke Pines City Officials came to honor retired City Attorney Emeritus Steve Josias at the City of Pembroke Pines – Steven L. Josias Dog and Equestrian Park, Ribbon Cutting and Park Renaming Ceremony, the city’s second dog park, located at 5836 SW 193rd Way.
Mayor Frank C. Ortis introduced Josias and his wife Marlene, who flew in for the ceremony minus Tank, their blonde Schipperke. Following brief comments by the Pembroke Pines Commission, Josias took to the podium to thank the City for the honor and compliment them on continually working to meet the needs of Pembroke Pines residents, citing “today’s ribbon cutting and the repurposing of the Dog Park from its 2007 Equestrian Park status to that of a Dog and Equestrian Park.”
“I am honored by my long time association with a City that cares so deeply for all…. even the pets that add so much to our lives” said Josias.
Horses are still welcome at the five-acre Steven L. Josias Dog and Equestrian Park, which now offers dog obstacle courses, separate play areas based on dog weight, water bowls and doggy “poo” bags; bathroom facilities and water fountains for their human owners; and ample parking. Gazebos in each area provide shade and seating which complement newly planted live oak trees. Park hours at the Josias Dog Park are Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. until dusk and Sunday 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Rules and regulations are posted to the benefit of every visitor, small and large dogs and their people too.
Park Etiquette is easy to follow and is based on the Golden Rule – treat the park and its guests of dogs and people, as you would like to be treated. In keeping with the dog park spirit of the Golden Rule, bags are conveniently located at the entrance of the park to make “poo” removal convenient for everyone. “The opening of the new Dog Park was timed with the temporary closure, for renovations of the East Dog Park,” said Francie Novo, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. “The East Dog Park will be ready well before the October 8, 2016 Fourth Annual Bow Wow Ween Halloween Dog Event.” In the meantime, City officials encourage residents to enjoy the amenities at the Steven L. Josias Dog and Equestrian Park.
Upcoming Event for Pembroke Pines Best Friend – The Fourth Annual Bow Wow Ween
Dogs and their families will have a great time on Saturday October 8, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the East Dog Park, 9751 Johnson Street. The four hour event features many dog friendly vendors, dog activities, dog wading pools, shade, music and the popular 10:00 a.m. Costume Contest (please visit ppines.com for Costume Contest application). Questions please call the City of Pembroke Pines Special Events at their new telephone number: 954-392-2116.