Saugeen Shores renames dog park after the late Abby Bolton

The park on Port Elgin’s Lehnen Street is now called the Abby Bolton Memorial Off-Leash Dog Park

 

Saugeen Shores has renamed the town dog park after the late Abby Bolton, “as the dog lover was the driving force behind the park’s creation.”

Members of Town Council and staff joined family members of the late Bolton on Friday afternoon to unveil a sign in her honour at the dog park she was instrumental in creating.

The park on Port Elgin’s Lehnen Street is now called the Abby Bolton Memorial Off-Leash Dog Park.

Council renamed the park to honor Bolton, who passed away in December 2020. 

“It was Bolton who had the idea to turn the former landfill into an off-leash dog park and brought a plan for the site to council” shared Saugeen Shores Communications. 

“As a result of her hard work and vision back in 2008, the dogs of Saugeen Shores and their families have been able to enjoy running free in one of the largest off-leash dog parks in the province”.

Tennyson also added “Abby’s Family would like to thank the Council and staff of Saugeen Shores for their recognition of her contribution, as well as the generous donations to the dog park in Abby’s memory”. 

Mayor Luke Charbonneau shared that Abby was the driving force behind the creation due to her perseverance and effort; it is fitting that the park is now named in her honor. 

The dog park provides a place for dogs and their owners to socialize outdoors in a leash- free environment. 

The park is fenced on all sides and contains a waste disposal unit, along with a naturalized walking trail and seating areas.