Pet-friendly upgrades installed at Asburry Acres
Its a vast, empty hay field, but Lori Baker and her crew know Asburry Acres is a dogs paradise.
Baker works with the maintenance crew of Columbia Countys Forest, Parks and Recreation Department. Shes leading a small maintenance group that will help turn the wetland hay field into more user-friendly open space.
The undeveloped Columbia County park, near the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens, is unfenced, providing ample space for running and relaxation.
Last week, the area got a covered chuck-it station a small, shaded structure with a bone-shaped bench, that will allow visitors to stand in the shade and throw toys for their pets to retrieve. The new feature is in addition to a paw wash station that already enhances the dog-friendly, off-leash park.
Baker points to a woman holding three leashes led by large dogs on a Tuesday afternoon at the park.
This is why were doing this! Baker said.
With the new features up and nearly complete, the park is now open to the public.