The Bark Park at the Maysville-Mason County Recreation Park will get an official name on Monday.
City officials will name the park in honor of the late Rick Litton, who served the city both as mayor and as commissioner.
Litton died in December 2016.
Litton first took office on the city commission in 1976 when he was elected to fill an unexpired term to begin more than 34 years of service in city government. Since then he had served as city commissioner, and two terms as mayor in the 1990s.
Maysville City Manager Matt Wallingford said there was a movement afoot on social media following Litton’s death that something in the city should bear his name. The idea to name the dog park in his honor was first suggested by City Commissioner Judy Pfeffer, Wallingford said. The late city commissioner was a dog lover and when officials approached Litton’s wife, Sharon with the idea, she agreed.
The dog park is located in an area that was formerly the site of a little-used croquet course, officials said. It now offers several activities to entice dogs to play and exercise. Those include obstacle course equipment like ramps and hoops. Pet waste bags are also offered so owners can clean up and properly dispose of doggie waste.
Dedication of the park is scheduled for Monday, May 14, beginning at 11 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.