Residents of Prince William County have been clamoring for a dog park for years. Finally one has arrived, thanks to Merrifield Garden Center. The park, the first of its kind, has been open for about 6 weeks. Merrifield has had a presence in the county for about a year and a half. However, up until recently, they only had a satellite shop. The new center which looks like a huge sports arena from Wellington Road is not completely finished but open to the public. If it is anything like the parent company in Fairfax, it will be a wonderful garden experience. According the Manassas News and Messenger:
And it’s something Merrifield president and co-owner Bob Warhurst said he’s wanted to create for a long time.
Merrifield has had a presence in Prince William for about a year and a half, but its present facility has been open only since mid-November.
The chain’s other two locations, in Fairfax County, don’t have enough room for a doggie den. But when Warhurst realized he could transform an overflow parking area, he went for it.
He said he felt sorry for canines who rarely got a chance to run around.
“I’ve had several people come here since we’ve had this dog park and say, ‘Oh my goodness, this is the first time I’ve had my dog off-leash for two years,’” Warhurst said.
The setup was fairly simple: The Merrifield folks put down a couple inches of mulch and fenced off two areas.
“We have one that’s 40-by-40 for little dogs, and we have one that’s 50-by-80 for larger dogs,” Warhurst said. “I think the real winner here is the dog.”
I haven’t taken our dogs yet. That might just have to happen this week. Reading about the simple set up, I am wondering why it has take this long to finally get a dog park in our area. There seems to be plenty of county land. I would think a dog park would count as open space.
One might ask the same question about why there is not sky viewing area here in Prince William. We used to be able to use the Battlefield picnic area. That open space was ‘remodeled.’ Then we used the horse trailer lot for night viewing. Now that has been barricaded off to night traffic.
These types of places, dog parks and night viewing areas, use few resources in the long run and give residents a great deal of pleasure. Most businesses make poor hosts to night viewing areas. The lights needed for security and advertisement are detrimental to night viewing.
Check out the doggie park and let us all know what you think. WARNING: Merrifield Garden Center is hazardous to your pocketbook!