Southern Living names Remy's Dog Park at Red Mountain Park in Birmingham one of the "10 Great Southern Dog Parks"

BIRMINGHAM – Ken Jackson is excited that the October issue of Southern Living named Remy’s Dog Park at Red Mountain Park one of the “10 Great Southern Dog Parks.”

“How cool is this?” Jackson said.

Ken Jackson loves dogs -- and dogs love him. He recently met 3-month-old Casey Kennedy, who will play in the small dog area at Remy's Dog Park at Red Mountain Park. (Veronica Kennedy photo)

Ken Jackson loves dogs -- and dogs love him. He recently met 3-month-old Casey Kennedy, who will play in the small dog area at Remy's Dog Park at Red Mountain Park. (Veronica Kennedy photo)

Jackson donated $200,000 in 2013 to build the dog park as an attraction within Red Mountain Park. He named the park in memory of his beloved Jack Russell-Shih Tzu mix, Remy, who died several years ago.

Community volunteers – including Jackson – contributed 850 volunteer hours to help clear the site.

Jackson said the six-acre off-leash dog park, which opened in September 2014, is unique for several reasons, among them an area set apart for special needs dogs as well as a separation between the areas for large dogs and small dogs.

“The special needs area, to me, is one of the unique features of the park,” Jackson said. “Elderly, shy, injured, or recovering dogs can be left off leash and not have to play with 6-month-old healthy puppy.

“Also, the large and small dog areas have about 14 feet between the fences. Not only does that keep the dogs from interacting, but it also gives people a way to walk around.”

Southern Living named Remy's Dog Park at Red Mountain Park one of the "10 Great Southern Dog Parks” in its October 2016 edition. (Red Mountain Park photo)

Southern Living named Remy's Dog Park at Red Mountain Park one of the "10 Great Southern Dog Parks” in its October 2016 edition. (Red Mountain Park photo)

The large dog area provides 1¾ acres for running and playing off leash; small dogs have ¾ acre for play; and special needs, 1/3 acre. Each area is designed to have about half shade and half sun. Plenty of water is available for the dogs in each area, and their humans have plenty of benches to enjoy watching their pets at play.

“Remy’s Dog Park offers our community a unique place for dogs and their humans to socialize,” Jackson said. “People who like dogs like people who like dogs.”

Editor’s Note: Remy’s Dog Park at Red Mountain Park is offering named gift opportunities for members of the community to invest in the park as well as honor or memorialize pets, family, or friends. Gift pledges start at $1,500 for a metal bench up to $25,000 for a pavilion. The pledges are payable over one to five years. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Development at Red Mountain Park at 1-205-296-9623.

Veronica Kennedy

Veronica Kennedy is a long-time journalist and lover of animals. A native of Anniston, Alabama, she enjoys cooking, home decorating, and good literature.

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