Photos From The Grand Opening Of Bailey's Dog Park

The park, which changed its name from the Clinton Dog Park to Bailey's Dog Park, is located at 151 Glenwood Road.


On June 2, the Clinton Dog Park celebrated its grand opening as Bailey's Dog Park.

The Clinton Dog Park announced the event on Facebook, inviting pet lovers to attend:

"After nearly two years of planning and hard work, the Clinton Dog Park Committee has fulfilled the dream of opening a dog park in Clinton. Please join us along with your canine companions to help us celebrate this long-awaited and exciting event!"

The park is located at 151 Glenwood Road in Clinton.

Cletus June 01, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Jeff Cashman June 01, 2012 at 02:00 AM
While I am glad that the needs of some of Clinton's dog lovers are being met with this park, I am saddened to see that not everyone will be able to enjoy it. The park's design is lacking in accessibility to the handicapped, elderly, and moms with strollers who would like to take advantage of this new addition to our town. This past Wednesday, in consideration of the American Disabilities Act, I made a formal request to our town building & zoning dept. that they review and inspect this issue with the idea of improving the park so ALL may enjoy it. I'm looking forward to seeing these additional improvements in the future. Thanks to all for the hard work involved in making this dog park a reality in our town.
Robyn Butler June 01, 2012 at 12:13 PM
What happens if the weather is bad on Saturday? Will they do the grand opening a different day?
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Robyn - If I remember correctly, the rain date is next Saturday, June 9. Let's hope for a day like today.
Robin June 01, 2012 at 12:41 PM
There actually is a ramp there already, Jeff, and as far as babies and toddlers in strollers is concerned, it could be a potential danger to them to enter the park w/ dogs running off-leash. There is a picnic area just outside the park for those folks so they can still enjoy the park w/o the concern of being trampled w/in the park!
Robin June 01, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Hmmm, we actually have not confirmed a rain date yet since it looked like rain in the AM and clearing for the afternoon.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Ignore my rain date comment! I must have mixed it up with another event.
Robin June 01, 2012 at 01:19 PM
No problem, Fay! :-)
cbell33 June 02, 2012 at 09:35 PM
That " dog park " is a huge eyesore and gets worse by the day. What a giant waste of time and resources. It looks like 30 bad ideas rolled in to one.
Sandy June 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I'm sorry you feel that way. I guess you liked looking at the run down house that was there before the dog park. You are the first person we have heard from feeling that way. We have heard from many say how they are glad something was finally done for people with dogs because there is really no place where a dog can run and play with others dogs off leash. Sandy
Robin June 09, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I'm really sorry too, cbell33 - actually, the park was created by volunteers and there were never very many of us, so, if you feel it does not look nice, we would love your help! What is it exactly that you were expecting a dog park to look like anyway?
Jay June 10, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Dog are waterproof and so are humans. The strange thing about loose dogs are their almost immediate acceptance of one another and simple joy in being able to play together. A number of years ago, quite by accident, pet owners by the dozen got in the habit of meeting at Hammonasett sunday mornings leash free. There were no fights or even escape attempts - just a lot of snifing, chasing and a rare attempted mounting. The strange thing was if a dog was kept on a leash it became an outsider and treated as such - the minute it was freed , it became one of the crowd..
Cletus June 11, 2012 at 01:23 AM
It comes as no shock that there are people in this town that will complain about something that was done (via volunteers) so that dogs can run free and play. Seriously, what is the issue with this? If you have an issue with this, I feel sad for you as I wonder if you can find pleasure and happiness in anything!? There are far more pressing things to complain about in this town, but the dog park should not be one of them. THANK YOU to the volunteers who stopped what they could've been doing to create innocent fun for our canine pals!!
elyssa June 11, 2012 at 04:27 AM
This is really cool. I can't wait to take my dog over the weekend he is going to have a blast. see you there! http://goo.gl/Fhqb6
Chubby's Place June 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Very cool! Yes, thanks to everyone that made the park possible
Idiocracy June 11, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Initially I was happy with the idea of having a dog park close to my home where I could bring my dog to play, but I have to agree w/cbell that it is a bit of an eye sore and I have been reluctant to bring my dog down since it opened for that reason. I drive by it on a daily basis & it just isn't appealing. All I see are wood chips & dirt surrounded by an ugly fence. Hopefully it is still in the works & will look nicer over time.
buck99 June 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I have brought my dog to the new park two times over the past three days. What a joy! The park is clean and provides a safe place for dogs to be dogs and owners can enjoy watching their charges romp with their own kind. It is a wonderful addition to our town and I appreciate all the work the volunteers have put into its development. Bravo and thank you!
DoubleD June 15, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Oh, the horror of it all! wood chips and dirt! I agree. Everyone knows that dogs don't like wood chips or dirt. My dog hates it. My dog wouldn't be caught dead visiting an eyesore like the Clinton dog park. I think all the volunteers should rip it all up. The town should have hired a stylish television personality, like Joan Rivers. She would have really made sure this dog park was top notch. You know, a place with rubies, sparkly doggy sport jackets, and fancy slippers for the dogs to wear in case they have to step in the dirt.
doodle pie June 16, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Dear cbell33, The (few) volunteers worked tirelessly, and, I’m sure they didn't view their efforts as a “wast” of time. As for resources I would imagine the majority was donated,(by willing parties) also, I’m sure much came out of their own pockets. They did all this themselves for something they knew others would get much use of and enjoy! It is certainly not an eye sore. The mulch and sand are practical, grass would just get torn up by happy running dogs. Someone even took the time to plant flowers along the entrance in hopes to appease crotchety trollers such has yourself. I feel sorry that something like a dog park makes you so unhappy, perhaps you need a hobby. Maybe drive around a town or two that has real problems to put things into perspective for you. If you don’t like it don’t go, but please to come on here and be so rude about something people worked so hard on. You deserve to have all the poop bags collected and dumped on your front lawn... get a life. Thank you to everyone that worked so hard.. my dogs love the park and i have been going at least twice a week...
Mrs. Glenwood Rd. June 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Dear Cbell33, This is a dog park not a country club. Come to think of it no decent country club would be caught dead across the street from the trash homes that are there now. It's also a pity that our dogs have to look at these homes to. But unlike some humans like you, they just appreciate the fact that they can run free and make new friends. Do the dogs a favor and please stay away from THEIR PARK!! Even though they have all had their up to date shots unfortunatly there isn't any shot to protect them from the likes of you!!! Not proud to be a Clinton resident right now!
Robin June 19, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Thank you, "supporters," and thanks for 'getting' what a dog park is all about.... ;-)
Niko Genga June 24, 2012 at 06:48 AM
I will be moving to Old Saybrook soon and have two Siberian Huskies. Is this park open to people from other towns like the ones in my area here in Rocky Hill?
Josh Hall November 13, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Can anyone inform me why it is called "Bailey's"? Thank you,
Robin November 22, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Hi Josh, Bailey participated in a major fund-raiser for the park. Sadly, Bailey passed away during the creation of the park and the park committee members wanted to honor his memory by re-naming it after him.
Robin November 22, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Yes, Niko, the park is open to all, not just Clinton residents!


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