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On May 23, the city of Millington Arts, Recreation and Parks hosted it’s first annual Bark in the Park.  It was a great success.
Millington residents Vicki and Jack Leonard donated equipment for the obstacle course and John Binger built the rest.
“When I came to work for the city a year ago we were looking for ways to enhance the quality of life for all our citizens through adding quality programs,” city of Millington employee  Lori Ulrich said. “Millington is situated geographically so that it is easy for us to travel to the events of all the surrounding cities but we also want to have events that make Millington a better place to live, raise families and even retire.   Bark in the Park is one of those events.”
Ulrich noted that Millington has five parks.
“Any day of the week you will find people getting their daily exercise walking at one of our many walking paths,” she said. “When we are walking we may give a passer by a quick smile or nod or maybe even a hello before quickly rushing back to our own little worlds.  When dogs are present however it is an entirely different scene.  Dogs have a way of bringing a community together.”
The Millington Police Department brought their K-9 unit to greet the visitors.  Jennifer Roy with CARES brought Mojo a  service dog to the event.  There were several animal rescues at Bark in the Park with their adoptable animals.
“My rescue group FHAAR (Feral Homeless Abandoned Animal Rescue) had four adoptions at Bark in the Park,” Ulrich said. “The Millington Fire Department were on hand to judge our four competitions.”
There were 18 entrants in the cutest dog contest.  Sophie (owner Rhonda McKlemurry), a chihuahua, won First place.  Trooper (owner Julie Lyles) won for dog with the most tricks.  There was also ribbons given away for the masters of the obstacle course and for the fastest.
“It was a fun day for all but especially for the dogs,” Ulrich concluded.
Millington ARP will be hosting many events of the summer.  You can like them on facebook at Millington Arts and Recreation or go to millingtontn.gov and select the “Notify me” button for updates.
Stop by Baker Community Center for a hard copy of the calendar of events.

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