KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 11, 2013 – The dog days of summer may be coming to an end, but the four-legged creatures took center stage today as the City of Kissimmee and Kissimmee Utility Authority unveiled a renovated off-leash dog park that honors the service of a long-time community leader.
The KUA Cumbie Canine Court, tucked inside Kissimmee’s Mill Slough Park at 2138 Agate Street, honors outgoing KUA chairman Fred Cumbie who leaves the utility’s board of directors on Sept. 30 after a decade of volunteer service. A canine lover himself, Cumbie has long advocated for additional play spaces for dogs in the community.
“We are pleased to partner with KUA on this park that will serve our citizens and their furry friends for many years to come,” said Dan Loubier, director of the City of Kissimmee’s Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities Department. “It’s great to have a partner like KUA that shares our vision and recognizes the benefits of parks and recreation services.”
The updated park includes expanded parking, separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, picnic tables, drinking fountains with attached pet fountains, trash receptacles and waste receptacles with bag dispensers.
The park is also the first in Osceola County to offer an agility course for dogs. The course, designed for pet owners without prior training experience, provides activities that enhance pet obedience skills while building confidence. Course activities include an adjustable jump bar challenge, elevated dog walk, hoop jump, King of the Hill A-frame, weave posts and a crawl tunnel.
“This park offers a much needed and fun place for pets and their families to exercise and socialize,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “I can’t think of a better way to honor Mr. Cumbie while giving back to our community at the same time.”
The park opens for public use on Sept. 12 and a grand opening festival will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Cumbie is president of the law firm Overstreet, Miles, Ritch, Cumbie & Finkenbinder, P.A., and holds degrees from Florida State University College of Law and the University of South Florida. He is a 40-year resident of Osceola County.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent