Wake County

Millbrook Dog Park reopens after months of renovations

The Millbrook Exchange Dog Park in North Raleigh.
The Millbrook Exchange Dog Park in North Raleigh. cseward@newsobserver.com

Your four-legged friends have a new but familiar place to play.

The Millbrook Dog Park reopened recently with a new dig pit, agility equipment, water fountains and more.

The popular park off of Spring Forest Road in North Raleigh was closed for several months of renovations after winning the Beneful Dream Dog Park national contest in 2016. It beat out six other dog parks around the country after people voted for the park by sharing photos of their pets.

"Our staff did a wonderful job of working with the public," said Ashley Deans, Raleigh's resource development manager, adding that a partnership with the community allowed the city to make the renovations possible.

Other upgrades include a water feature in the shape of a fire hydrant and a tunnel that resembles a dachshund. New fencing encompasses a nearby shelter that can be rented, so dogs can run off leash.

One of the priorities for Raleigh during the construction process was to fix the park's drainage problem to prevent it from turning into a mud pit during bad weather.

The $30,000 from Beneful, a dog food brand owned by Nestle Purina Petcare, covered the cost of the upgrades while Raleigh covered the cost to repair the drainage problem.

The dog park at Millbrook Exchange Park opened in 2003 and was the first park in Raleigh for dogs to run off leash. It's covered in wood chips and has areas for large and small dogs. There are currently four dogs parks in Raleigh with a fifth planned to open this spring at the Buffaloe Road Athletic Park.

A community celebration and rededication is planned at Millbrook in mid-April.