September 01, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Dogs Will Swim at Fassnight on September 8

The Springfield Citizens Dog Park Committee and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host the sixth annual Dog Swim event from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Fassnight Park Pool, 1300 S. Campbell Ave. Before draining the public pool for the season, the dog swim will allow an opportunity for unleashed dogs to play and swim freely in the fenced pool area.

The cost for the event is $8 per dog, including one handler; additional spectators are $3. Limit one dog per handler. Registration is required for all dogs. Due to the popularity of the event, pre-registration is highly recommended. Pre-registration forms can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/ovQ0V . Proof of vaccinations is required for all dogs to participate. For more information, call the Park Board Office at (417) 864-1049 or visit www.parkboard.org .

Presenting sponsor Pet Warehouse will have towels and treats for participating dogs.

Proceeds benefit the Cruse Dog Park, 2100 W. Catalpa St. The Dog Park Committee is currently selling $5 lanyards with a Cruse Dog Park imprint as a fundraiser to plant moderate-to-fast growing shade trees in the park this fall. The lanyards will be available for sale at the Swim.

The annual Dogfest event also will be held from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 (Rain date: 1 – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27), at Chesterfield Park, 2511 W. Republic Road. The all-canine related festival features commercial vendors and non-profit organizations and demonstrations, along with the popular Dachshund Dash. The event is free and open to the public. All dogs must be on leash.

For more information, media contact: Anne-Mary McGrath, Special Events Administrator, (417) 864-1338.