The Friends of Scituate Dog Park (FOSDP) is excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Scituate Dog Park from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Activities will include an official ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. and a “running of the dogs ~ into the park!” at 10:30. There will be food, music, local vendors, and an opportunity to buy a FOSDP T-shirt.

“What a long way we’ve come from an idea that started on a Scituate Facebook page,” said Board Member Britain Davis.

This park started with an idea over three years ago and has finally happened, said Lisa Huffman, President of FOSDP.

“There are so many people to thank, first and foremost, Town Engineer, Sean McCarthy. His dedication and support to this project has been invaluable. We also must thank Town Administrator, Jim Boudreau, all the board members (past and present), and, of course, the many donors to this park.”

In addition to the Stanton Foundation and CPC grants, it was the money from individual contributions and generous donations from local supporters including Driftway Animal Hospital, Ringer Excavating Corp., Elizabeth Wiza, George and Claudia McKenna, and Michelle Anne Murphy (Realtor), and many more, that ultimately got us to this point, Huffman added.

“It’s heartwarming to see how much love and hard work has gone into this project,” said Board Secretary, Kerry Tondorf. “So many people have donated not only their time and energy but trees, benches, flowers, water bubblers, etc. It’s truly a Scituate park — created by dog-loving people — and something Scituate can truly be proud of.”

There will be a 3-day Grand Opening sale of bricks for the brick walkway to be installed this fall. It is a buy one brick, get one half-price sale. It is available for 3 days only – Saturday, Sept. 28 thru Monday, Sept. 30. Order forms will be available at the park on Saturday or can be ordered on-line at scituatedogpark.com. Place your order for the first brick, fill out the form, and pay the cost - say $100. Then place your order for the second brick, enter code BUYONE50 on the confirmation page, and pay $50.

You can put any inscription you like on these bricks including family or business names. The 90-plus orders already received consist of dogs, family and business names as well as birthday wishes, blessings for cats and loving memories of four-legged friends no longer with us. Anyone who has already ordered a brick can also receive a second brick for half-price.

FOSDP will continue fundraising to complete Phase II of the park - a half acre area exclusively for smaller dogs. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

Join FOSDP for the 3rd Annual Howl-oween Fundraiser at The Barker Tavern from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Tickets are only $50/person and are on sale now through the FOSDP Facebook page and Eventbrite! There are also 4 VIP tables that seat 10 for $475.

The public is welcome to join us on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the new dog park, and dogs are welcome at 10:30 to try it out. More information can be found at scituatedogpark.com