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Brutus, left, and Angel turn a game of keep-away into a game of tug-of-war with a stick at the Edmond Dog Park. [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]

Brutus, left, and Angel turn a game of keep-away into a game of tug-of-war with a stick at the Edmond Dog Park. [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]

EDMOND — The Edmond Dog Park offers canine residents companionship and exercise opportunities, with the added benefit of a social setting for their owners.

“It's a great place for dogs to roam and run and be social with other dogs, and humans can be social as well and might strike up some friendships,” said Edmond Director of Parks and Recreation Craig Dishman.

The park at 33rd Street and Rankin Terrace is 5 acres of fun with wide-open areas, benches, trees and a lake for swimming. Last year an agility course was added for extra skill-oriented playtime.

Edmond resident Jim Watson is a regular at the dog park.

“Of all the area dog parks, this is certainly the largest,” he said. “There's a whole community of regulars that know each other.”

The dog park, especially around dusk, can be a busy place.

Watson, who has adopted greyhounds rescued by Hounds of the Heartland, a nonprofit organization, found his most recent greyhound at the park when he spotted her there with her foster family.

The park offers an important opportunity to socialize your dog, Watson said.

“It's great for puppies to get over fears of other dogs. They can run more than they do in a backyard. I think it's the socializing though, seeing dogs and people, and they learn not to be afraid of either one.”

Caroline West adopted her dog Zola from the Oklahoma Humane Society and currently lives in a place without much room to be outdoors.

Zola can exercise and has made friends with other dogs.

“She has a couple of friends that are regulars too. She burns more energy, and she's happy when she gets to come here versus taking her just on a walk,” West said.

A full list of rules can be found at the park's entrance and includes picking up after your dog, no unaccompanied minors and no aggressive dogs.

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<p>Tabitha Sizemore, 7, trains her dog Sandy to go over an obstacle at the Edmond Dog Park. [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]</p>

Tabitha Sizemore, 7, trains her dog Sandy to go over an obstacle at the Edmond Dog Park. [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]

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Diana Baldwin

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